David Boren to retire in 2018

University of Oklahoma President David Boren, a former governor, member of the Oklahoma House and U.S. senator, announced last week that he will retire at the end of the spring semester in 2018.

Boren, 76, became the 13th president of OU in 1994.

No announcement was made concerning a replacement.

Boren said he would officially retire on June 30 unless a permanent replacement has not been hired and in that case, he would stay on until the search is completed.

Boren is the first person in state history to have served as governor of Oklahoma, U.S. senator and president of the University of Oklahoma. He also served in the Oklahoma House.

During Boren’s tenure, OU became the only public university in U.S. history to rank first among all universities, public or private, in National Merit Scholars enrolled. It also became the only university in the nation whose students won the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Goldwater, Fulbright and Truman scholarships in the same year.

Boren resigned his U.S. Senate seat two years early to become OU’s president. Boren was the longest-serving chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee.

  • “Whether it was his service as a state representative, as Oklahoma’s 21st governor, as a United States Senator or his current role as president of the University of Oklahoma, David Boren has dedicated his life to serving Oklahoma. I wish him an enjoyable and healthy retirement,” said Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb.
  • “President Boren is an Oklahoma institution,” said U.S. Sen. James Lankford. “Throughout his five decades of public life, President Boren has honorably served the people of his state and nation.”
  • “Personally, I appreciate his collaboration and friendship. He has been a wonderful partner to me and Oklahoma State,” said Burns Hargis, president of Oklahoma State University.
  • “He is a tireless promoter of OU, and I’m sure he will continue to be a strong advocate for all levels of education after his retirement,” said Gov. Mary Fallin. “President Boren clearly meets the definition of being a public servant, having spent 50 years in public service as a legislator, governor, U.S. senator and, for the past 23 years, as the 13th president of OU.”