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TU names Orsak new president

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Geoffrey Orsak
Geoffrey Orsak
Updated: 5/02/2012 11:04 am Published: 5/02/2012 9:59 am

The University of Tulsa Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Geoffrey Orsak as the university’s 18th president.

Orsak is currently dean of the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He will assume his duties at TU on July 1, succeeding President Steadman Upham, who announced his retirement last year and will be stepping down on June 30.

“Geoffrey Orsak shares our vision for the next stage in the advancement of The University of Tulsa,” said L. Duane Wilson, chairman-elect of the TU Board of Trustees and chairman of the presidential search committee. “His strategic insight and proven leadership will be tremendous assets, helping to drive TU to new levels of national distinction.”

Orsak has been called one of this nation’s key leaders in engineering research and education, with a keen grasp of their impact on economic development and global competitiveness.

Orsak says he was drawn to TU for many reasons, including the quality of its academic enterprise and commitment to the community in which it resides.

“TU has an exceptional national reputation that far exceeds its size,” he said. “And the civic engagement demonstrated by TU students, faculty, staff and alumni is inspiring and unmatched anywhere.”

“Geoffrey Orsak has been a creative and energetic leader at every stage of his professional life. He is an accomplished engineer and respected academic executive,” said Steadman Upham. “Peggy and I warmly welcome Geoffrey, Catherine, and their children to the City of Tulsa and The University of Tulsa family. We look forward to their leadership.”

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