OU officials say Boren suffered minor stroke
University of Oklahoma President David Boren suffered a minor stroke Saturday during a campus event, OU spokesman Rowdy Gilbert said.
Paramedics evaluated Boren, who experienced some discomfort and dizziness after delivering a speech honoring retired Sooner football coach Bob Stoops. They took Boren to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where he underwent several tests, Gilbert said.
"Thanks to the timely treatment of the OU team with contemporary therapies, he is now in good spirits and enjoying dinner. He is alert and is communicating with family and his excellent team of medical professionals at OU Medical Center," Gilbert said. "President and Mrs. Boren deeply appreciate the outpouring of love
and support they have received.”
Boren, who will turn 77 on April 21, had heart bypass surgery in March 2017.
In September, he announced he will retire as OU president June 30, noting “the time has come.”
“I didn’t want to be president unless I could give every ounce of my energy to the job and feel that I was at the top of my game,” he said.
Boren was installed as OU’s 13th president in November 1994.
Jim Gallogly, who was in attendance at the statue unveiling, will become the university’s new president July 1.
Boren seemed to slur his words near the end of his nine-minute speech before the dedication of the Stoops statue just south of Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Boren needed help getting from the podium to his seat. Eventually, paramedics were summoned just before the statue unveiling.
OU athletic director Joe Castiglione, who was at the microphone when Boren was taken away, said the president gave a thumbs-up sign after he was placed on the stretcher.
University of Oklahoma President David Boren is taken by paramedics from a ceremony honoring former Sooners head football coach Bob Stoop on Saturday at Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Bob and Carol Stoops are at left.