SOE Alumni - Hank Kelly, Ed.D.

Hank Kelly, Ed.D., Regent Graduate
Hank Kelly, Ed.D.
Ohio Christian University
Regent Graduate, 2006

I greatly value the education I received at Regent University. I began my Doctor of Education in Higher Education in summer 2003 and daily applied—then at Indiana Wesleyan University—what I learned in class, such as communication, contemporary issues, finance, law and governance, leadership, and strategic planning.

I am now the Provost at Ohio Christian University (OCU), near Columbus, Ohio. OCU is regionally accredited and offers associate, bachelor, and master's degrees. When I arrived at OCU in 2006, the day after mailing my final dissertation to Regent, we had 400 students and did not offer online learning or masters degrees. Seven years later we have 3,700 students, of which more than half are online learners. Regent provided me the foundation I needed to advance in higher education. Additionally, the research and statistical skills I learned have allowed me to help other doctoral students. Regent taught me to think differently and better. My previous education had been in engineering. I was a right-brained thinker and very process oriented. As a result of my Regent education, I have slid more toward balanced thinking and acting. Finally, this was my first degree earned from a Christian institution, and I am grateful for the integration of the Christian worldview throughout my learning process.

I commend all the instructors in my program but single out Carle Hunt who I had for three courses that concentrated on critical thinking and the practical aspects of higher education administration. I learned through his prompting and encouragement, and challenging and relevant assignments such as case studies, research that required interviews and surveys, summarizing articles in 100 words, creating a budget, and analysis of other's thinking. I also single out my advisor Michael Ponton who skillfully guided me through my dissertation. I had a wonderful learning experience at Regent University!

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