David, Molly Shi Boren to be honored

OU President David Boren speaks during the OU Board of Regents meeting, Dec. 12, 2017. Molly Shi and President David Boren will be receiving this year’s Sam Matthews Social Justice Award from the Xenia Institute at a reception 6:30 p.m. March 12 in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom in the Oklahoma Memorial Student Union on OU’s campus.

Former University of Oklahoma President David Boren is taking a sabbatical for the upcoming spring semester.

According to reporting from the OU Daily, an email from Associate Dean of OU Extended Campus Shad Satterthwaite informed students that the political science course Boren was due to teach this semester will be taught by Satterthwaite instead.

The letter cited health reasons for Boren’s sabbatical, but offered no further explanation, according to The Daily. The Transcript has submitted a request for comment from Boren to his assistant and spokesperson Matt Epting but has yet to receive a response.

Last week, sources informed The Transcript that Boren told the Board of Regents in a letter of his plan to take a sabbatical this semester. A request for a copy of this letter was sent to Chris A. Purcell, vice president for university governance, and OU Public Affairs, and it was forwarded to the Open Records office.

That office informed The Transcript on Jan. 4 that “no responsive records for your request” exists.

Boren’s sabbatical follows The Transcipt’s reporting that his relationship with successor President James Gallogly has broken down since Gallogly took office. Sources close to the situation told Transcript reporters last month that Gallogly does not want Boren on campus any longer. Gallogly refuted that assertion.

Boren suffered a minor stroke last April at the unveiling of a statue to honor former OU football coach Bob Stoops. He was taken to OU Medical Center and made a full recovery.

In 2017, Boren underwent open heart surgery.

Under a deal made with the Board of Regents upon his retirement last summer, Boren has maintained an office on campus, an assistant, and has continued to teach.