OU of­fi­cials say Boren suf­fered mi­nor stroke

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - METRO | STATE - BY BERRY TRAMEL AND K.S. MCNUTT Staff Writ­ers

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.

[PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN]

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.

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