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  • "Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline." - Jim Collins
  • The Olivet story is an account of humble beginnings and milestone moments, woven together by God and His faithful people into a magnificent tapestry of faith, learning and living. You are among those faithful individuals who have made this work possible. Thank you for your continuing interest in Olivet Nazarene University.

    After 108 years, some might expect that an institution would coast a little. Not so for Olivet. We are leaning into the future as we stand at the threshold of a new era — a time of transforming change on campus and in the world at large. In the coming years, Olivet students will not simply witness this change; we believe they will help lead it.

    Olivet’s mission, blessed by God over these many years, obligates us to press forward in serving and preparing new generations of young men and women who will touch the world in wonderful ways. We believe Olivetians can lead in the areas of innovation, industry, technology and progress, and help to shape many of the great ideas, movements and organizations of the next half-century and beyond.

    This 2016 Annual Report is an expression of accountability and a vehicle to communicate the good news of Olivet’s continued growth and development. We value you and the significance of your stewardship.

    In addition to this report, I invite you to view the impact of your support throughout this website regularly. You can reference news stories, the University calendar, streaming video, archived events and much more. Thank you for believing that higher education should have a higher purpose!


    John C. Bowling
    University President




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