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OU-Tulsa Welcomes Interim President

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August 16, 2021

OU-Tulsa Welcomes Interim President

TULSA, OKLA. – Dr. James J. Sluss, Jr. is the interim president of OU-Tulsa as of Aug. 2. Most recently Sluss served as the associate vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of the OU-Tulsa Graduate College where he was responsible for working with the Norman associate deans on the OU-Tulsa campus in budgeting, forecasting, program planning and growth and faculty affairs. Dr. Sluss takes over this role from outgoing president Dr. John H. Schumann.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to lead OU-Tulsa as we begin this new chapter,” said Sluss. “Since 1957, OU has been in the Tulsa community and I will work hard to ensure we continue to grow and increase opportunities for students to achieve their educational goals, faculty to teach and conduct impactful research and for all of us to continue to serve our community.” 

Prior to assuming his current administrative duties on the OU-Tulsa campus, he was the director of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, leading the school through a period of historic growth. More recently, he served as senior associate dean for the Gallogly College of Engineering where he led research administration, faculty development and graduate education. 

“Jim Sluss is the ideal person to lead OU-Tulsa throughout this important transition,” said OU President Joseph Harroz, Jr. “His familiarity with the campus, its history, and his long-served tenure at the university will serve us well as we formalize a distinct strategic plan for OU-Tulsa.”

Sluss earned his bachelor of science in physics from Marshall University, and his masters and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia.


About OU-Tulsa

OU-Tulsa is a nationally-recognized center for higher education offering a wide range of 30+ undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctorate level degrees, as well as graduate certificates. Programs include architecture, engineering, education, nursing, public health, occupational and physical therapy, library and information studies, organizational dynamics, public administration, social work, human relations, clinical mental health counseling, as well as medicine and physician assistant through the OU-TU School of Community Medicine. Since 1957, OU-Tulsa has provided higher education to NE Oklahoma and moved to the 60-acre Schusterman Campus in 1999.