Over at the University of Tulsa, it's out with the new and in with the old as President Emeritus Steadman Upham begins his role as TU's president again today.
The decision to name Upham president was made a week after the University's board fired Geoffrey Orsak as president. Orsak had served as TU's president for only 72 days after Upham retired from the role in June.
"Stead knows TU inside and out and is respected by our students, faculty, alumni and friends," TU Board Chairman L. Duane Wilson said. "The board agreed that this stabilizing force will allow us to move forward deliberately and without haste in selecting TU's next president."
While rumors have circulated around the community about why Orsak was removed from his position, the board has remained tight-lipped about the situation offering this comment:
"We recognized the public's significant interesting in this development, but in accordance with our personnel policies and status as a private institution, we will not discuss the details behind the board's decision."
Channel 8 previously reported that Upham agreed to remain in the position for up to two years while the trustees look for his replacement. They have not announced a timeline for the search.
During his previous tenure as president, Upham raised more than $700 million for the university.