OU Regents name OU Law School Dean, Joseph Harroz as interim president
The announcement of an interim president came well after midnight.
At 2 a.m. and after more than five hours in executive session, the University of Oklahoma Regents named OU Law School Dean, Joseph Harroz, as interim president of the university.
Harroz will fill the position vacated by James L. Gallogly, who announced his retirement on Sunday evening after just 10 months as university president.
Harroz's appointment is effective immediately and will serve as interim president for at least 15 months.
"I am pleased to announce tonight that Dean Joseph Harroz Jr. has been appointed as interim president of the University of Oklahoma," Regent chairman Leslie Rainbolt-Forbes said. "The Regents were well aware of Joe's capabilities from the thorough vetting done by the presidential search committee last year.
"It was through that process we were reminded how contagious his passion and enthusiasm are and how seriously he takes accountability and responsibility."
Harroz will be considered for the permanent position.
Harroz earned a bachelor's degree from OU in 1989 and a law degree from Georgetown Law Center in 1992.
Harroz served as former OU President David Boren’s legislative director and legal counsel when he was a United States senator.
In 1996, Harroz was named general counsel of the University of Oklahoma, serving as chief legal counsel to Boren and the OU Board of Regents.
He served in that position for 12 years before leaving to work for a president of a healthcare company.
Harroz became the Dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Law and the Director of the OU Law Center on July 1, 2010. He teaches in the area of employment law and healthcare law.
Chairman Rainbolt-Forbes said it was the track record of success at OU Law that made Harroz an attractive choice for interim.
"Joe has proven himself as an effective leader and administrator with a collaborative leadership style that helped the school achieve distinction in virtually everything it does," she said.