James L. Gallogly

Gallogly

New University of Oklahoma president James Gallogly reached out to the school’s athletic donors and season ticket holders of the Sooner Club.

In a six-paragraph e-mail which ended with the words “Boomer Sooner” Gallogly introduced his personal history which includes a J.D. degree from the OU College of Law in 1977 and his business work which included executive work at oil companies.

Gallogly said he cheered on the Sooners “on the gridiron, basketball courts and any time our team plays Texas.”

“Although football and basketball are high-profile, I am so excited to meet the donors and fans of each of our varsity athletic teams, not to mention our outstanding administration, coaches and of course the student-athletes who represent us so well.”

Gallogly takes over a position that was presided over by David Boren, who had a prominent voice in the athletics history of OU and the Big 12 Conference.

Here’s the new OU president’s e-mail, in full:

In these first hours after being named the new president of the University of Oklahoma, it is very important to me to reach out to our loyal donors and season ticket holders of the Sooner Club.

I cannot express in words what it means to me to become the 14th president of the University. I love OU, all it stands for, and all we will accomplish together. While I received an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, I received my J.D. degree from the OU College of Law in 1977, and I have been passionate about the University ever since. In fact, our Gallogly Family Foundation has been a major benefactor for which the OU Gallogly College of Engineering and Gallogly Hall are named. Additionally, the Foundation chose the OU College of Law as the pilot school for our selective Public Interest Fellowship Program, which supports a limited number of graduates pursuing public interest work.

A little about my professional background: As the former chairman and chief executive officer of LyondellBasell, I guided the company out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy in record time and successfully repositioned it as one of the world's largest refining companies and makers of polymers and petrochemicals. I began my career in 1980 in Northeast Oklahoma, serving in executive roles at ConocoPhillips, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company and Phillips Petroleum Company for 29 years.

For many years, I have cheered on the Sooners on the gridiron, basketball courts and any time our team plays Texas. Although football and basketball are high-profile, I am so excited to meet the donors and fans of each of our varsity athletic teams, not to mention our outstanding administration, coaches and of course the student-athletes who represent us so well.

My approach is, "let’s do it together," so I thank you for your support of Sooner athletics. Once I get through these next few weeks, I will be back in touch. In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact me at 14pres@ou.edu.

Boomer Sooner,

Jim

Eric Bailey

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Eric covers the University of Oklahoma football and men’s basketball teams. A Haskell Indian Nations University graduate, he has been a member of the Tulsa World sports staff for 12 years. Phone: 918-581-8391