About KCU

Meet the President

Hello, and thank you for your interest in Kentucky Christian University. Being affiliated with KCU in a variety of capacities through the years—as an undergraduate student, an alumnus, an employee, and the father of a graduate—I’m proud to say that viewed through every lens, KCU is a remarkable institution that equips students to powerfully and positively impact every aspect of society. Having been employed at KCU since 1996, I’ve been witness to a great number of changes and I am genuinely excited to be a part of a dynamic and growing campus community as it nears its 100th birthday! (KCU was founded in 1919.)

We talk a lot about the “3 Cs” of KCU, Christ, Character and Career. We keep the 3 Cs ever present because they so elegantly capture the essence of what it is we do and why. From students to faculty and staff to senior executives and Board members, the 3 Cs serve as a sort of polar star. So ubiquitous are they that I issue you a friendly challenge: ask any member of the KCU campus community what the 3 Cs are and if they don’t know, I’ll buy you a Diet Coke!

You will find KCU to be intensely focused on 3 important characteristics:
1) Christ –students will come to know Christ more fully through the KCU experience. If all we do is produce excellent nurses, business leaders, teachers, social workers, etc., we have failed because our mission is to educate future leaders who will serve as the hands and feet of Christ through nursing, teaching, running businesses, being social workers, etc.

2) Character – the KCU experience encompasses much more than classroom learning and you will find a decided emphasis on character development. To that end, it is virtually impossible to complete the KCU experience as an unknown number. Every faculty member and every coach assumes the dual responsibility of not only demonstrating teaching or coaching excellence, but also of serving as a Christian mentor to students. At KCU, we are just as interested in who students become as what they become.  Whether in the classroom or on the court or field, opportunities for developing the whole individual—spiritual, emotional, and intellectual—are seized.

3) Career – students are preparing to enter a world in which their career excellence and competence will be exceptionally important. KCU excels in helping students prepare for careers that are fulfilling. 75% of our graduates are employed in their field within 6 months of graduation from KCU; 85% of KCU graduates are accepted to their first choice of graduate schools, while 99% are accepted to one of their top 3 choices; virtually 100% of nursing, teacher education and social work majors—all requiring state or national certification– have passed their state certification examinations. Over the past five years, every counseling psychology graduate has been successful getting into graduate school, with multiple graduates gaining entry directly into Ph.D. programs based on the strength of their undergraduate preparation at KCU. All of this to say, the KCU experience will leave your student exceptionally well-prepared for a career!

With the 3 Cs as guiding stars we look with great anticipation to what the Lord has in store for the educational ministry of KCU. Our 2015-2020 strategic plan calls for significant campus development and initiation of new academic majors and intercollegiate athletic opportunities for students. It truly is an exciting time to be a Knight!


Dr. Jeff Metcalf
President and CEO of the University

Investment of Time, Prayer, and Love

“I’ll never forget how the Bible and Ministry professors at KCU cared about me as a person. They didn’t just see me
as a student number. They invested time, prayer, and love into my life and my ministry, and I’m eternally thankful
for their influence.”

Sean Plank, Class of 2010

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