NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents will consider a naming in recognition of a major gift made to support the Michael F. Price College of Business as well as a resolution honoring recent national recognition of Dean McGee Eye Institute when it meets on Wednesday, Jan. 24, in Norman. A tour of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication will be hosted from 11:30 a.m. to noon by Dean Ed Kelley, highlighting academic services and state-of-the-art spaces available to students. Agenda items for OU, Rogers State University and Cameron University will be considered beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1140 of Gaylord College, 395 W. Lindsey St.
The OU Board will consider a recommendation to approve the naming of the Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, the Innovation Hub, the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Program to honor a major gift from the Tom and Judy Love Foundation in support of Price College. Tom Love, who attended OU in the 1960s, is founder and executive chairman of Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, which he and his wife Judy started in 1964 with one small location in western Oklahoma. Today, Love’s has more than 440 locations in 41 states and employs more than 20,000 people. The leadership gift from the Tom and Judy Love Foundation will provide significant support to enhance all of the college’s existing programs and operations as well as support graduate and undergraduate students, industry professionals, entrepreneurs and local community members. Additionally, the gift accelerates entrepreneurial progress in and out of the classroom and builds on OU’s national leadership in cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship education.
The OU Board also will consider a congratulatory resolution in honor of Gregory Skuta, M.D., president and CEO of Dean McGee Eye Institute, as well as the entire staff and faculty for their contributions in having the institute recognized by Ophthalmology Times as one of the top three eye institutes in the nation for clinical care, residency teaching programs and research. The institute is dedicated to serving all Oklahomans and the global community through excellence and leadership in patient care, education and vision research.
The next regular meeting of the OU Board of Regents is currently scheduled for March 7-8 in Oklahoma City.
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