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Students asking 'What's Next' after Gallogly retirement announcement

NORMAN — Waiting on a ride home, Jayla Hurd found a shady spot under a tree outside of Price Hall on the University of Oklahoma campus.

Hurd, who just graduated with a business administration degree this past weekend, said she had just finished discussing with friends the news that’s causing all the buzz on campus — the announcement of President James L. Gallogly retiring after less than a year on campus.

“Definitely surprised when I saw the news,” Hurd said. “But pretty quickly I was wondering, what does this mean?

“What is next?”

Gallogly announced on Sunday evening he was retiring as OU’s president just 10 months since becoming the 14th president in school history.

In that time, Gallogly faced many challenges, including an ongoing investigation into former President David Boren, several racist incidents on campus and a budget crisis.

Gallogly was able to keep stave off a tuition hike for the first time in several years while also giving faculty a pay raise.

Gallogly was praised by Gov. Kevin Stitt as well as OU Regents Chairman Leslie Rainbolt-Forbes for his work to steering OU through a tumultuous time.

But for Hurd, she felt Gallogly’s biggest failing came in his lack of connection with students.

“I don’t think he was a fit for us and we weren’t a fit for him,” she said. “It just seemed like the atmosphere changed in a way that wasn’t the way we do things at OU. It felt like our traditions seemed to be fading out.”

To help correct the budget crisis at OU, Gallogly oversaw sweeping cuts to programs, staff and facilities.

Many students complained about the cuts to their programs and former OU dean Suzette Grillot publicly called for Gallogly’s resignation in January after she was removed as dean of the College of International Studies. Grillot has a lawsuit pending against the University, Gallogly and provost Kyle Harper, claiming they violated her First Amendment rights.

Students and alumni have complained that layoffs of seasonal workers has made the campus landscaping ugly.

Gallogly said he tried to answer concerns on campus by stopping and talking with students on walks and lunches on campus.

“Just that quick interaction with a student or two makes you remember what this is all about,” Gallogly told The Oklahoman in a March interview.

Garrett Eakers, a senior microbiology major, said students in his circle believed Gallogly was a short-term answer to help fix OU’s budget problems.

“I think we all knew he was going to leave fairly soon,” Eakers said. “I think some of the general consensus among the students and a lot of the teachers was that we weren’t super happy with some of the cuts he was making. Some of the decisions he was making seemed to be made a little bit heavy-handed.”

Rodrigo Barretto, 29, is an international student from Brazil and is finishing his one and only semester at OU before heading back home next week.

Despite being at OU during the most strenuous months of Gallogy’s tenure, Barretto said he’s leaving the university with high praise.

“I’m really impressed,” he said. “The structure of OU and the institution of OU is very clean and everyone was very cordial and very nice. It’s the best feeling possible. Great time, great experience.”

Gallogly said he plans to retire once plans for his succession are in place.

According to the university’s contract with the firm that led Gallogly’s hiring search, Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, a replacement search will be conducted if the original candidate vacates the position within 12 months of taking office. That search must start immediately, according to the contract.

Hurd said she hopes to see a diverse pool of applicants for OU’s next president with an open search process and an emphasis on students.

“When you are the president of a university and dealing with a lot of people you have to take their thoughts and feelings into consideration,” she said. “I don’t think (Gallogly) did that and that’s kinda where OU gets shamed a little because it can feel like you are just a student ID number.”

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<strong>James Gallogly, who announced he would retire as OU president, talks to students and others during a Rally to Stop Racism hosted by the Black Student Association on the University of Oklahoma campus earlier this year. The rally was in response to a video that surfaced on social media of an OU student in blackface. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</strong>

James Gallogly, who announced he would retire as OU president, talks to students and others during a Rally to Stop Racism hosted by the Black Student Association on the University of Oklahoma campus earlier this year. The rally was in response to a video that surfaced on social media of an OU...

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