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(Circleville) – The Ohio Christian University Board of Trustees has announced their selection of Dr. Ron Smith as Interim President, according to an article on the OCU website.
Smith brings decades of experience in Christian higher education to the post. He will begin serving the university Monday August 8th. The website says “Smith has had a burden for mentoring Christian higher education students, and for years hosted weekly meetings for spiritual growth and study with college and seminary students in his family home.”
In addition, Smith has served the local church as a youth pastor, associate pastor, senior pastor, and church planter. He is an ordained deacon and elder in the Greater New Jersey Conference of the United Methodist Church since 1982.
Currently, he serves as president of the Francis Asbury Society. Smith served The Francis Asbury Society from 1993–1998 as a Fellow and for two years as Executive Director. In 1998, he was elected as the fifth president of Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, MS, where he served for thirteen years. Upon retiring from the presidency, Smith rejoined The Francis Asbury Society in January of 2011, serving as Executive Director, as President, then as a speaker, a Board member, and in 2020 as President again.
Smith’s testimony and credentials led the board to a unanimous vote to appoint him as Interim President.