President Oakes Announces His Resignation

On October 4, at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors of Central Christian College of the Bible, Dr. Ronald Oakes announced his resignation after more than 7 years of serving as President and Chief Executive Officer.  He made the following statement: 

The years as Central’s president will always hold a very special place in my heart.  It has truly been an honor to serve alongside incredibly gifted and talented faculty, staff and a student body who are passionate about becoming authentic Kingdom leaders in this world for Christ.  Both the Board and administrative cabinet have been supportive of my leadership and the progress that has been made these past seven years; including, the completed construction of the Walton Student Center debt-free, the increased number of faculty with doctorates, and Central achieving candidacy status with the Higher Learning Commission.   

My approach to this presidential role has always been through the lens of ministry.  Deeply embedded principles of integrity and character have guided my decisions.  But after seven years, it is now time for a new leader with higher levels of entrepreneurial and financial management skills to lead this College into the future.  Central will continue to build upon its legacy and it has been my personal privilege to surrender my life in service to this College that I truly love.    

The board accepted his resignation from the responsibilities of president effective immediately.  The board also requested that Vice-President of Academics Dr. David Fincher assume the role of Acting President.  He will coordinate a transitional period with Dr. Oakes during the next three months.

In a meeting with the CCCB staff on Monday morning, October 7, Board Chairman Gene McCoy said, "We have commended Dr. Oakes for his faithful service and dedication to a responsibility he did not seek in 2005, when we, upon faculty recommendations and with the assistance of faculty representatives on the presidential search team, asked him to serve the college as its president.  We are grateful to Dr. Oakes for his service."

In accepting the role on Monday, Acting President David Fincher also addressed the staff with the following comments:  "Through the past 7 years, Dr. Oakes' efforts led the College to accomplish many of its goals, including the completion of the Walton Student Center, our ten-year reaffirmation for ABHE accreditation, our successful candidacy for regional accreditation, and the ongoing focus on recruiting, retaining, and sending high-quality servant-leaders for the church.  Through it all, I have been pleased to observe his integrity and passion while assisting him in any way possible."

Dr. Fincher also announced to the staff that Dr. Micheal Curtice, Professor of Bible and Missions, has been named Interim Executive Vice-President.  Along with Lara Lawrence, the Vice-President of Business & Finance, Dr. Curtice and Dr. Fincher will serve as the College's executive team.

Dr. David B. Fincher

Lara J. Lawrence, CPA

Dr. Micheal J. Curtice

Vice-President of Academics, Acting President

Vice-President of Business & Finance

Interim Executive Vice-President

The Board of Directors will meet again in November, at which time an Interim President will be named.  Until then, any questions or comments may be addressed to Board Chairman Gene McCoy ( or Dr. Fincher (