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Our Story

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In 1955, Dr. Harry Crewson, then professor of economics and later president of Ohio University, strongly believed that Ohio University employees needed a place where they could borrow and save at reasonable rates. "In Athens in 1955, there were at least a couple of Agencies on Court Street, which specialized in lending money at high rates of interest. Also, I was aware that some of the non-academic employees at OU were going to these agencies for loans. From the outset, I envisioned a University Credit Union primarily as an organization that would provide reasonable lending and saving facilities for non-academic University employees," stated Crewson in a 1997 letter to the credit union.

While Crewson was chairman of the Faculty Advisory Council he received a credit union flier from the Ohio Credit Union League. Having a pioneering spirit and an economic background, he knew this was worth trying. With the approval of Ohio University President John Baker and $25 in hand, Crewson and Ohio University Treasurer Paul O'Brien secured a charter from the State of Ohio. OUCU officially opened for business in 1955 in the cashier's office in Ewing Hall. And so began Ohio's first state-chartered university credit union!

What began as one employee working just one or two hours a day has grown to over 100 employees in facilities open five days a week with 24-hour a day, 7 days a week access through twelve ATM machines and account access online and by phone.

By the end of the first year of operation, the credit union had 112 members and $11,879.23 in assets. We now have over 26,000 members $471 million in assets!

We remain through time, people helping people.


OUCU Core Purpose

To promote our members' financial well-being and quality of life.


OUCU Values

We want to make a positive difference in the lives of our members and community!

Our employees' actions are guided by four values:

    • We do what we say we are going to do. 
    • We create a heartfelt sense of belonging for everyone in our community by demonstrating honesty, integrity, and kindness.
    • We think big, always consider the needs of the member, and consistently exceed expectations.
    • We recognize, appreciate, and empower our most valued assets – YOU!