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Inauguration of the 14th President of the University of Oklahoma

Inauguration of the 14th President of The University of Oklahoma

The Inauguration of the 14th President of the University of Oklahoma

David Ross Boyd 1892-1908

Arthur Grant Evans 1908-1911

Stratton Duluth Brooks 1912-1923

James Shannon Buchanan 1924-1925

William Bennett Bizzell 1925-1941

Joseph August Brandt 1941-1943

George Lynn Cross 1944-1968

J. Herbert Holloman 1968-1970

Paul Fredrick Sharp 1971-1978

William Slater Banowsky 1978-1985

Frank E. Horton 1985-1988

Richard L. Van Horn 1989-1994

David L. Boren 1994-2018

James L. Gallogly 2018-present

Clayton I. Bennett
Oklahoma City

Leslie J. Rainbolt-Forbes, M.D.
Vice Chairman
Oklahoma City

Bill W. Burgess, Jr.

C. Renzi Stone
Oklahoma City

Phil B. Albert

Frank Keating
Oklahoma City

Natalie Shirley
Oklahoma City

Chris A. Purcell, Ph.D.
Vice President for University Governance

David Rainbolt

Gregg A. Garn, Ph.D.

Barbara Braught

Marc Nuttle

Russell M. Perry

Bob Ross

Charles C. Stephenson, Jr.

Mary Sue Backus

Sherri Irvin

George Richter-Addo

Michael S. Bronze, M.D.

Kelly Standifer

Matthew C. Rom

Nancy A. Geiger

Cameron Burleson

Caroline Pavlowsky

Krystal N. Mitchell

The presentation of the mace and collar – two symbols of the authority of the presidency – will mark the official investiture of James L. Gallogly.

The mace and collar used in the ceremony were commissioned by the Alumni Development Fund on the occasion of the retirement of Dr. George Lynn Cross, seventh president of the University of Oklahoma. Both pieces were created by Professor Joe Attebury, formerly a professor in the School of Art.

The mace is of sterling silver, ebony and ivory. The native semi-precious stones clustered above the seal represent the variety of the disciplines of the academic community.

The collar is of sterling silver with symbols of the University appearing on each link and a medallion featuring the OU shield and the motto, “The Spirit of Learning Is a Lasting Frontier.” The medallion was commissioned for the University’s 75th anniversary in 1965.

These items are more than just symbols to represent the authority of the presidency and the faculty. They are a reminder of the people's faith in education, in responsibility of the presidential office and in the guardianship of the University by the State of Oklahoma.

Inauguration of the 14th President and New Sooner Convocation

Presentation of the Colors

Kiowa Black Leggings Society

The Inaugural Processional led by the Chief Marshals

Senior Vice President and Provost Kyle Harper, Norman Campus
Senior Vice President and Provost Jason Sanders, M.D., Health Sciences Center
President John Schumann, M.D., OU-Tulsa

Processional Music Provided by the OU Wind Ensemble

Shanti Simon and Michael Hancock, Directors

The National Anthem

Maddie Breedlove and OU Wind Ensemble

Welcome and Introductions

Clarke Stroud, Master of Ceremonies

Greetings on Behalf of the State of Oklahoma Education System

Chancellor Glen Johnson

Performance of Our Time from the Stephen Sondheim Musical, Merrily We Roll Along

Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre Students
Ashton Byrum, Director
Craig Sproat, Accompanist

Installation of President James L. Gallogly

Chairman of the OU Board of Regents, Clayton I. Bennett

Charge of Office

Chairman Bennett


James L. Gallogly

Presentation of Presidential Collar

Chairman Bennett
President Gallogly
Student Government Association Presidents:
Yaseen Shurbaji, Norman Campus
Kenny Nguyen, Health Sciences Center
Obada Al Zoubi, OU-Tulsa

Presentation of Mace

Chairman Bennett
Vice Chairman of the OU Board of Regents Leslie Rainbolt Forbes, M.D.
President Gallogly
Faculty Senate Chairs:
Megan Elwood Madden, Norman Campus
Marie Hanigan, Health Sciences Center

Presentation of Charge

Chairman Bennett
President Gallogly
Staff Senate Chairs:
Justin Daniels, Norman Campus
Marty Walton, Health Sciences Center
Monica Burke, OU-Tulsa

Presentation of Flags Flown Over All Three Campuses

Chairman Bennett
President Gallogly
From the Norman Campus:
Angel Jacquez, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Julia Schoonover, Petty Officer, Second Class, U.S. Navy
From the Health Sciences Center:
Jared Penner, Ensign, U.S. Navy, Veteran and Captain, U.S. Air Force
Tamatha Perkins, First Sergeant, U.S. Army (RET)
From OU-Tulsa:
Tyler Mobra, Staff Sergeant, U.S.Army and Purple Heart recipient
Mark Stacy, Specialist, U.S. Army

Address and Welcome to the Class of 2022

President Gallogly

Singing of the OU Chant

Nicholas Skotzko

Ushers – Crimson Club student members from all three campuses and Student Orientation Weekend Staff

NORMAN - The  OU Board of Regents is pleased to announce the inauguration of James L. Gallogly as the university’s 14th president at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 S. Jenkins, Norman. The entire OU community and the public are invited to attend this historic event.

The event will be held in conjunction with New Sooner Convocation, the official welcoming event for incoming OU students and their families.

“We are honored to install Jim as OU’s fourteenth president. He is a transformative leader who is already making a great impact on the future of the university and its students,” said Clayton I. Bennett, chairman of the OU Board of Regents.  

A 1977 alumnus of the OU College of Law, Gallogly’s distinguished career is noted for his leadership of large, complex organizations while championing his teams to achieve results. He and his wife, Janet, have a history of supporting education and scholarly initiatives. As a leader, he is known for his personal mentorship of students and young professionals.

Gallogly officially took office as OU president on July 1, 2018.

For more information about the event, visit For accommodations, contact (405) 325-0841.

Jim Gallogly was named the 14th president of the University of Oklahoma on March 26, 2018 and will take office on July 1, 2018. A 1977 alumnus of the OU College of Law, Gallogly is the first ever CEO from a Fortune 500 company to lead the University.

He has a distinguished track record in running large, complex organizations, and is known as someone who invests in mentoring, inspiring and teaching teams to achieve exceptional results. His mantra is, “We will pursue excellence in everything we do,” and this is the same approach he brings to the University of Oklahoma.

Jim was former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LyondellBasell, a company he joined while it was in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. He and his team guided the company out of bankruptcy in record time and successfully repositioned it as one of the world's largest petrochemical, polymers and refining companies. He also served for 29 years in executive roles with ConocoPhillips, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company and Phillips Petroleum Company, beginning his career in the energy business in Northeast Oklahoma with Phillips in 1980. Prior to that, Gallogly practiced law with a private firm in Denver, Colo.

He was a director on the board of DuPont, which merged with Dow Chemical in 2017, and served as a director of Continental Resources, Oklahoma City, Okla.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1974 and a J.D. degree from the OU College of Law in 1977. Gallogly also completed the Advanced Executive Program at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., in 1998.

Additionally, he received honorary degrees from OU and the University of Colorado (CU) in 2012. In 2016, he was honored with the Order of the Owl Award recognizing OU Law graduates who demonstrate leadership and service through outstanding accomplishments in their legal careers. Gallogly is also a member of the Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado bar associations.

Jim is extremely passionate about OU, STEM education, as well as achieving excellence in the liberal arts. The Gallogly Family Foundation has been a major benefactor for which the OU Gallogly College of Engineering and Gallogly Hall are named. The Foundation chose the OU College of Law as the pilot school for its selective Public Interest Fellowship Program, which supports graduates pursuing public interest work.

Gallogly is also a member of the OU Gallogly College of Engineering Board of Visitors and the University Cancer Foundation Board of Visitors at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas.

Gallogly was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, on September 1, 1952. He is one of 10 children of Tom and Margery Gallogly. He and his wife, Janet, have been married 43 years and have three daughters – Kelly Gray, Kasey DeLuke and Kim Gallogly; as well as four grandchildren – Ella and Vivian Gray and Tony and Benny DeLuke.