James Gallogly Named Next President of University of Oklahoma

James Gallogly has been named the University of Oklahoma's 14th president, the school announced Monday morning after a vote by the university's Board of Regents. A former energy executive and major donor to the university, Gallogly will succeed David Boren as president. The regents voted in a special 7:30 a.m. meeting Monday morning. Events are scheduled at each of OU's campuses to introduce Gallogly as president starting at 10 a.m. on the Norman, Okla., campus.Gallogly and his wife, Janet, both of Houston, made a $30 million donation to the university in 2015 in partnership with the Stephenson family of Tulsa. The engineering college at OU was named for the Gallogly family after the donation, and Gallogly has served on the board of visitors for the engineering college.He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and has a law degree from OU. Most recently, Gallogly has served as chief executive officer of LyondellBasell Industries N.V., a plastics, chemicals and refining company with headquarters in Houston. He retired from that role in 2015. Before that, he was an executive vice president at ConocoPhillips and previously served as the first CEO of ChevronPhillips Chemical Company.Gallogly's experience differs from current OU president David Boren's — Boren served as a U.S. senator and the governor of Oklahoma before becoming university president in 1994. Boren is one of the longest-serving presidents of OU, having held the position for more than 20 years.Boren announced his retirement in September 2017, and the Board of Regents began the search to find his successor in October. He will retire June 30.  Continue reading...

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