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Joe Harroz Jr., President of the University of Oklahoma with students

 Together, as a university community, we endeavor to become worthy of our past – the tremendous legacy we have inherited – and to deliver on our promise of changing lives for generations to come. 

– President Joseph Harroz, Jr.

Inauguration of the 15th President of the University of Oklahoma

Joseph Harroz, Jr. was inaugurated as OU's 15th president and delivered his vision for the future of the university on September 17, 2021.

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Messages and Statements

Teri Reed

A Message from President Harroz – Announcing the Inaugural Director of the OU Polytechnic Institute

January 30, 2023

I am excited to announce that Teri K. Reed, Ph.D., will join OU as the inaugural Director of the OU Polytechnic Institute, pending OU Board of Regents’ approval. She will also hold the George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair. An OU alumna and internationally recognized leader in the field of engineering education, Dr. Reed will return to her alma mater on March 1 from the University of Cincinnati, where she has served as Assistant Vice President of Faculty Research Development, Executive Director of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, and Professor of Chemical Engi­neering. We are thrilled to welcome her back to her home state of Oklahoma.

University of Oklahoma campus

Annual Statement of Commitment to Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity

January 18, 2023

The University of Oklahoma annually reaffirms its full commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, including the policies and procedures that prohibit discrimination throughout our campus community. This commitment is supported by our Strategic Plan, which includes our goals to become a top-tier public research university, and to be a place of belonging for all. A core strategy to help us achieve these goals is to develop and retain an outstanding and diverse faculty and staff.

OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. announces a historic $2 billion fundraising campaign that will enable the university to fully deliver on its promise of changing lives and launch a new era of excellence at OU.

A Message from President Harroz – Lead On, OU!

October 19, 2022

This past Friday night, as members of our Sooner family gathered on campus and across the globe to celebrate Homecoming 2022, we announced the “Lead On” fundraising campaign, a transformative $2 billion philanthropic campaign, seizing the unparalleled opportunity to build on the fundamental tradition of the University of Oklahoma – constantly striving to reach new heights of success.


Lead On, University

Officially launched in July 2020, Lead On, University defines a clear plan for the Norman campus’ future and the comprehensive strategies to achieve it. As the university’s first Strategic Plan in a generation, it aims to position OU as a top-tier public research university that fosters a culture of innovation, excellence, and inclusivity.

The heartbeat of the Strategic Plan echoes the university’s fundamental purpose – We Change Lives – three small but powerful words that affirm who we are and inspire our path forward.



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