Dr. OJ Oleka

Dr. OJ Oleka is the President of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU). AIKCU advocates for higher education policies at the state and federal level that will lead to increased affordability and access to Kentucky’s independent colleges. Dr. Oleka graduated from the University of Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a minor in Political Science. He also has an MBA and PhD in Leadership in Higher Education from Bellarmine University. His research focus is on college affordability, social capital, and workforce development.  

Dr. Oleka is passionate about ending generational poverty and recently co-founded the AntiRacismKY coalition, a group of Kentuckians working to end any remnant of institutional racism in Kentucky. Dr. Oleka was recently selected for the Louisville Business First Forty Under 40 list and appointed to United States Congressional Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys. Dr. Oleka lives in Louisville, KY with his wife Jamie, their daughter Riley, and their dog Ashe.  

About Bellarmine University

Bellarmine University is a vibrant community of educational excellence and ethical awareness that consistently ranks among the nation’s best colleges and universities. Our students pursue an education based in the liberal arts – and in the distinguished, inclusive Catholic tradition of educational excellence, the oldest and most rewarding in the western world. It is a lifelong education, worthy of the university’s namesake, Saint Robert Bellarmine, and of his invitation to each of us to learn and live In Veritatis Amore – in the love of all that is beautiful, true and good in life.