David Boren Resigns, Relinquishes Affiliation With University Of Oklahoma
Former University of Oklahoma President David Boren has resigned Wednesday and has agreed to relinquish his affiliation with the university, following an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct, according to a statement from OU's Board of Regents.
The allegations against David Boren first surfaced back in November, triggering the investigations by the university and then the OSBI.
According to excerpts of a confidential investigation report, investigators interviewed six witnesses who recounted instances of sexual assault and misconduct by Boren.
OU hired global law firm Jones Day to conduct an investigation.
Following that, Boren's legal team maintained their client’s innocence saying the unfounded allegations were taking a toll on the former president's health.
“This witch hunt or fishing expedition whatever we call it has taken a toll upon his health. He wasn't a really healthy guy when he retired anyway,” said Attorney and friend Bob Burke.
The board announced that the Title IX issue between Boren and OU has been concluded.
“We have worked very hard to bring to a close the Title IX issue between David Boren and the University of Oklahoma while respecting those individuals involved who desire to maintain their privacy,” commented Leslie Rainbolt-Forbes, M.D., Chairman of the OU Board of Regents. “David Boren no longer has any relationship going forward with the University as a result of his resignation. The decision to accept his resignation terminates the Presidential Transition Agreement and brings this matter to a close. The University will now focus its energy and resources on strategic initiatives important to our community.”
Rainbolt-Forbes continued, “We are mindful of the OSBI investigation and will be watchful as to the determination of the grand jury.”
By resigning, Boren agrees to give up his president emeritus title. He will no longer teach at the university and will leave behind a list of perks including free tickets to OU sporting events, a campus office and parking spaces.
But despite opting to separate himself from the university, for the time being his legacy will remain for now.
A spokesperson said, "The OU Board of Regents has no immediate plans to change any likenesses or naming on campus. That could be revised in the event of an OSBI or grand jury outcome."
Wednesday, OSBI's legal counsel said it could not provide a timeframe as to when its investigation will conclude.