You would be hard pressed to find someone who has been more influential in the Big 12 than Oklahoma president David Boren. Not only has he seen over $2 billion worth of improvements across the Sooner’s three campuses, including a major renovation to Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
However, as Boren put it during a press conference on Wednesday, it’s time for him to pass the baton. Boren laid out his plan to retire by the end of next June.
“It really means a lot to me to share this moment with you,” Boren said. “Today I am filled with gratitude.”
Boren said that the school will use the next few months to find a suitable replacement in order to make sure the transition is smooth. He also said, that while an end date is set, he will remain the school president for as long as it takes to name a new president.
“We have an extraordinary talented leadership team that will move us forward.”
Obviously, it goes without saying that Boren has made a significant impact on Oklahoma athletics. He hired Joe Castiglione as athletic director in April of 1998, which was followed shortly after by the hiring of Bog Stoops as head coach. Over the better part of two decades, the Sooners had strength and stability at the top rarely seen across college athletics.
Boren is also had a significant impact on the Big 12 conference. He pushed the conference to entertain expansion by calling the Big 12 “psychologically disadvantaged” at ten teams. Then, as the Big 12’s situation has changed and improved over the last two years, he’s become a champion for the Big 12 by touting the conference’s strength.
Last June coach Bob Stoops turned the reins over to Lincoln Riley. Now Boren is laying the ground work for his own retirement. It is truly the end of an era at the University of Oklahoma. The future looks bright for the Sooners, and they have David Boren, Joe Castiglione and Bob Stoops to thank for that.