NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents will consider a renaming for the College of Liberal Studies as well as a naming in honor of a major gift made to support construction of Gallogly Hall when it meets on Tuesday, June 20, in Oklahoma City. Agenda items for Rogers State University, Cameron University and OU will be considered beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gaylord-Pickens Museum, 1400 Classen Dr., Oklahoma City. The board’s annual planning retreat takes place on Monday, June 19, at Devon Energy Center, 333 West Sheridan Ave., Oklahoma City.
The OU Board will consider the renaming of the College of Liberal Studies to the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. This name change reflects the recent transition in the college, which now combines the academic and credit-related activities of University Outreach into a singular college unit. The new name aims to more appropriately represent the diverse group of lifelong learners within the college. Established in 1961 by OU professors and administrators, the college recognized the need for nontraditional students to continue their education while balancing work and family obligations. For more than 50 years, the college has evolved to meet the academic and professional demands of its students and become an internationally recognized leader in higher education. Today, the college offers nine bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, a doctorate degree in organizational leadership and certificate programs designed to accommodate students’ varied work schedules and lifestyles.
The OU Board also will consider a recommendation to name a lecture hall in recognition of a major gift from Valero. The gift will support construction of Gallogly Hall, the new biomedical engineering building and research laboratory on OU’s Engineering Quadrangle that will house the Gallogly College of Engineering’s Stephenson School of Biomedical Engineering. In appreciation of the gift, the board will vote on a recommendation to name the new building’s lecture hall in honor of Valero.
The next meeting of the OU Board of Regents is scheduled for Sept. 13 and 14 in Claremore and Tulsa.