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Oil company executive named OU's new president

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James Gallogly was chosen as the new president of the University of Oklahoma.
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NORMAN, Okla. -- In a historic decision, the University of Oklahoma announced March 26 that former oil executive and major university donor James Gallogly will be OU’s next president.

Gallogly, 65, will succeed current OU President David Boren, whose 23-year tenure leading the state’s largest university will come to an end when he retires effective June 30. Gallogly’s selection is the result of a monthslong presidential search process conducted largely in secret by OU’s Board of Regents, a representative search committee and an outside professional search firm.

The regents made the selection official at a 7:30 a.m. meeting March 26 after a period of deliberation following seven candidate interviews March 9 and 10.

Gallogly, an OU law alumnus, has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the energy and oil sector, serving most recently as CEO of plastic, chemical and refining company LyondellBasell and previously in various executive roles at ConocoPhillips, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company and Phillips Petroleum Company.


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