Published: Wed, September 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

OU President David Boren to make announcement about university's future Wednesday afternoon

OU President David Boren to make announcement about university's future Wednesday afternoon

University of Oklahoma President David Boren, a former Democratic governor and USA senator, said Wednesday he will resign as head of the state's flagship university at the end of the current school year.

Boren, 76, said he would make an "important announcement" about the university's future on Wednesday (Sept. 20).

A mainstay of Oklahoma public life for five decades, Boren was the state's governor for four years and a senator for 15, chairing the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence under presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

"Serving as your president has been the most rewarding period of my life". As a state legislator, governor, U.S. Senator and President of OU, he has contributed more than any other Oklahoman to the wellbeing of our country and the state of Oklahoma. If a successor has not been named, Boren said he will stay on as President until one is found.

"President Boren can take great pride in the progress of the University of Oklahoma under his leadership".

"Personally, I appreciate his collaboration and friendship".

In January, OU officials, faculty and student honored him for 50 years of public service. As Oklahoma's president, Boren was at the heart of the Big 12's expansion push, which quickly fizzled after the league announced it would explore expansion last July. "The state of Oklahoma owes David Boren its deepest gratitude".

I believe his years at the University of Oklahoma will be considered the Golden Age of OU. "We appreciate all he has done and OSU wishes him all the best".

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