OU President Suffers Minor Stroke During Stoops' Statue Ceremony
NORMAN, Oklahoma - OU President David Boren was taken by medical personnel from the Bob Stoops’ statue ceremony, Saturday morning.
OU Representatives said Boren suffered from a minor stroke. However Boren was conscious while being taken away on a stretcher, and even shot the crowd a thumbs up. Athletic Director Joe Castiglione said the stretcher was brought in as a "precautionary" move.
The incident occurred at around the 7:30 mark of the following video:
Boren, 76, had only just spoke before Stoops took the podium to make some remarks. Witnesses say Boren had trouble making his way back to his seat afterward. Paramedics were soon called to his aid.
Officials said that Boren was transported to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City as a precautionary measure. After undergoing several tests, medical officials determined he had a minor stroke.
Due to the timeliness of the treatment, Boren is alert and communicating with family and medical professionals, officials said.
The unveiling ceremony is one of the events being held ahead of the Sooner’s spring football game.
Boren’s term as OU’s president ends on June 30, when he will be succeeded by former LyondellBasell CEO Jim Gallogly.