Rochester — Oakland University was once a bucolic place that began with two buildings in the middle of Oakland County.
More than 50 years later, the university has grown up, with students flocking to the campus, program offerings exploding and buildings sprouting everywhere.
But OU has yet to come of age, say officials, who contend the school’s evolution puts it on the cusp of becoming a major player in Michigan’s higher education scene.
“Oakland has a tremendous history of success and a great foundation as a very exciting institution, given our location and potential to interact and connect with business, industry and government in southeast Michigan,” said university president Gary Russi. “It only makes sense to become more of a predominant player, not only in higher education but in the community.”