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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

University of Oklahoma campus.

A Message from President Harroz – Initial Guidance for Governor’s Executive Order 2023-31

February 20, 2024

Many of you have inquired about Governor Stitt’s Executive Order 2023-31. Over the past few weeks, the university has been diligently working to assess the implications of this executive order while actively engaging with the campus community and key stakeholders. Navigating these changes is a complex process that demands careful consideration, and I genuinely appreciate your patience as this work unfolds.

OU President, Joe Harroz, and Toby Keith at the OU vs Iowa State football game.

A Message from President Harroz – Remembering Toby Keith

February 06, 2024

Today we mourn the loss of Toby Keith, a beloved country music legend and proud son of Oklahoma. Toby’s powerful voice and relatable lyrics captured the hearts of millions, propelling him to chart-topping success and garnering many of music’s highest honors. Beyond his musical talent, Toby was known for his kindness and down-to-earth personality, endearing him to fans worldwide.

Holiday Lights at The University of Oklahoma.

A Holiday Message from President Harroz

December 20, 2023

As we embrace the spirit of the holidays and look ahead to a new year, I extend my warmest wishes and heartfelt appreciation to you, our extraordinary OU Family. Your unwavering dedication to our mission and to each other reminds us why our university will always be such a special place. Wishing all of you a joyous and peaceful holiday season, and may the new year greet us with abundant hope and optimism.

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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