David L. Boren, J.D.

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David L. Boren
University of Oklahoma
Evans Hall Room 110
660 Parrington Oval
Norman, OK 73019-3073

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David Boren is the 13th President of the University of Oklahoma. He is unique in state history in having served Oklahoma as OU President, state legislator, state Governor, and U.S. Senator. Dr. Boren graduated Yale University in 1963, where he majored in American history, graduated in the top one percent of his class, and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and earned a master's degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University in 1965. In 1968, he received a law degree from the OU College of Law, where he was on the Law Review, elected to the Order of the Coif, and won the Bledsoe Prize as the outstanding graduate by a vote of the faculty. Under Dr. Boren's leadership, the University of Oklahoma has developed and emerged as a pacesetter American university, with 20 major new programs initiated since his inauguration. They include establishment of the Honors College, the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West, a new expository writing program for freshmen modeled on the program at Harvard, an interdisciplinary religious studies program, the Artist-in-Residence Program, the International Programs Center, and the Faculty-in-Residence Program putting faculty family apartments in student residence halls. The Retired Professors Program has been started, bringing 50 retired full professors back to the University to teach freshmen. The number of new facilities started or completed on the campus during his tenure has matched the explosion in new programs. Since 1994, almost $1 billion in construction projects have been completed or are under way on OU's three campuses. Among the largest of the recent projects are the $18.7 million renovation and expansion of historic Holmberg Hall, home of music and dance programs; the $67 million National Weather Center; the $19 million addition to the Michael F. Price College of Business; the $17 million Gaylord Hall for journalism and mass communication; the $27 million Stephenson Research and Technology Center; and the $83.5 million stadium project. The Health Sciences Center has a new Student Union, and the new $24 million Stanton L. Young Biomedical Research Center. Presidential Travel Scholarships, students from 111 countries on campus, more reciprocal international exchange agreements than any other university and the new International Programs Center are all making OU more international. The new Honors College helps to assure that no students need to leave Oklahoma to find an educational experience to match their potential. Above all, his tenure has been marked by an emphasis on putting students first. There is not a university president in the country that is more committed to students as his number one priority. He teaches a freshman-level course in political science each semester and is one of the few presidents of major universities to teach.

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