OU Board Of Regents Appoints James Gallogly As New President
NORMAN, Oklahoma - James Gallogly, former business executive and university donor, has been named as the University of Oklahoma’s 14th president.
The OU Board of Regents met at 7:30 a.m. Monday for a special meeting and had only one item on the agenda – the appointment of a president of the University of Oklahoma.
Gallogly was the former CEO of LyondellBasell and held executive positions with ConocoPhillips, Chevron Phillips and Phillips Petroleum.
He attended the University of Colorado for his bachelor’s degree and earned his JD from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Gallogly is a member of the Colorado, Oklahoma and the Texas bar associations.
Gallogly was one of seven people interviewed from March 9 to 10 for the position.
The Gallogly family has been a major donor to OU. The university’s engineering college is named after the family and the currently under construction Gallogly Hall will house the biomedical engineering department at the OU-Norman campus. Gallogly Hall is expected to open in fall 2019.
"Jim is extremely passionate about OU, STEM education, as well as achieving excellence in the liberal arts. The Gallogly Family Foundation has been a major benefactor for which the OU Gallogly College of Engineering and Gallogly Hall are named. The Foundation chose the OU College of Law as the pilot school for its selective Public Interest Fellowship Program, which supports graduates pursuing public interest work," according to Gallogly's biography on OU's website, announcing his presidency.
After the appointment, the board invited the university community to three events to introduce Gallogly; one on each campus.
The first event will be at 10 a.m. on the steps of Evans Hall on the Norman campus. The second event will be at noon at the OU Health Sciences Center’s student union. The third event will be at 5:15 p.m. at the Founders Student Center Merkel Family Foundation Lounge at the University of Oklahoma’s Tulsa campus.
News 9 will livestream the 10 a.m. introduction from the steps of Evans Hall on the Norman campus.