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Oklahoma Announces James Gallogly As Next School President

The Sooners make it official and announce James Gallogly as the university’s next president.



When University of Oklahoma President David Boren announced his retirement six months ago, we knew that the school would be in need of a replacement. We now know who that will be. On Monday morning, the school officially announced Jim Gallogly as the University’s next president.

“Jim Gallogly is a world-class, in-demand transformative leader, and we’re honored to have him as our new president,” said Clayton I. Bennett, chairman of OU’s Board of Regents in a statement. “Throughout his career, he’s been incredibly successful. He is a builder known for having strategic vision, for managing large and complex organizations, and for mentoring and inspiring great teams to achieve results – leadership qualities we value for the future. Jim’s skill-set is a perfect match for this unique time in our history.”

Gallogly was one of seven people considered for the job, and he has strong ties to the university, and to the state. His family has been one of the school’s biggest donors over the years. The Gallogy name adorns the university’s engineering college, and on Gallogly Hall, a soon-to-open housing unit for the biomedical engineering department.

Professionally, Gallogly graduated from the University of Colorado in 1974, and went on to earn his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1977. Over the years he has held executive positions at ConocoPhillips, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company and Phillips Petroleum, and is the former CEO of LyondellBasell. He is also a member of the OU Gallogly College of Engineering Board of Visitors, the University of Colorado Engineering Advisory Council, and an executive committee member of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors in Houston, TX.

Boren, who’s known to be outspoken, shared his support of the new hire in a tweet shortly after the announcement.

By all accounts, Gallogly is a home run hire for the university.

“I’m here because I love the University of Oklahoma,” said President Designate Gallogly. “It’s a privilege to be part of the University, and I will work tirelessly with our outstanding students, faculty and administration as we achieve new standards of academic excellence.”

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