Search narrowed to 7 candidates

NORMAN (TNS) — The search for the next president of the University of Oklahoma was narrowed to seven candidates Monday during a special meeting of the OU Board of Regents.

“Each and every one is highly qualified to become the next president of the university,” board Chairman Clay Bennett said following the two-hour closed meeting in Oklahoma City.

The candidates are “a very strong group, a very diverse group” with extraordinary achievements in their lives and careers, Bennett said. They come from inside and outside the university community.

He declined to reveal any details about the candidates, saying the regents will respect their desire for confidentiality.

The regents received the final report of the 17-member presidential search committee from committee Chairman David Rainbolt, executive chairman of BancFirst Corp., and Vice Chairman Gregg Garn, dean of OU’s Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education.

“We’re very impressed with the work, great detail, great depth in their research and their investigation of these candidates,” Bennett said “We’re very excited about the report they advanced to us today.”

Now begins the logistics of scheduling and conducting interviews with the seven candidate, Bennett said. The regents expect to do so “in timely order” and to have OU’s 14th president in place by June 30, he said.

President David Boren announced in September he will step down June 30. He was installed in November 1994, making him the second-longest serving president in the university’s history.

— The Oklahoman


Sound equipment, guitar, TV stolen

ENID (TNS) — Enid Police Department is asking the public for help in its investigation of a burglary to an area church.

On Feb. 28, officers were sent to Bethany United Methodist Church, 931 E. Maple.

It was reported that an unknown person broke a window on the second floor entrance and gained access to the church. It was reported that three Telex Sound Mate personal listening systems, model SR-50, were missing, along with a handmade Korean guitar with a soft black case.

The reporting party described the guitar as having a wood-grain finish and a name written in Korean on the back side. Also reported missing from the church was a Visio 47-inch TV with remote and two Sony 12x14 keyboard speakers.

Anyone with information leading to the arrest or prosecution of this or any crime can report an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at (580) 233-6233, www.enid.org/departments/police or text to 274637, typing “Enid” and a message in the text box.

— Enid News & Eagle