UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA INTERIM PRESIDENT
Joseph Harroz Jr. was named
interim president of the University
of Oklahoma on May 17, 2019.
Prior to his appointment, he served
as dean and professor of law at
the OU College of Law.
Harroz graduated Phi Beta
Kappa with distinction from the
University of Oklahoma in 1989,
having majored in economics and
minored in zoology. He earned
his Juris Doctor in 1992 from
Georgetown University Law
Center and began his legal career
Joseph Harroz Jr.
as a legislative director and legal counsel in the United States Senate. He
later practiced law with Crowe & Dunlevy in Oklahoma City.
Harroz began working at OU in 1994, serving as vice president for executive
affairs. In 1996, he began his service as general counsel to the OU Board of
Regents and served in that role for 12 years, the longest tenure for anyone
in that role to date. In 2008, he became the president of a publicly traded
health care company, growing its market capitalization to more than $80
million, before returning to OU in 2010 as the dean and director of the OU
Law Center and Fenelon Boesche Chair of Law. Harroz has taught law for
more than two decades, focusing on employment, sports and health care
Under his leadership, the OU College of Law received record national
recognition, including the highest U.S. News & World Report ranking by
any Oklahoma law school in history and the first law school in the nation
to achieve Apple Distinguished School status (Apple, Inc.). In addition, his
fundraising efforts more than doubled the overall endowment of the College
and more than tripled the scholarship endowment. Most recently, the
College of Law became one of the top three law schools in the nation for
online legal education.
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