Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

O'Neil to Leave Energy Center

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

O'Neil to Leave Energy Center

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Daniel J. O'Neil, University of Oklahoma vice president for research and director of the Sarkeys Energy Center, has announced his resignation, effective June 30, to pursue professional opportunities in Atlanta.

O'Neil, who also serves as dean of the OU Graduate College, came to OU in August 1991 after serving as a senior administrator at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Research Institute, a non-profit research organization.

"Dr. O'Neil's skills as an administrator and success in attracting funding for research have made him a valuable asset to the University of Oklahoma," said OU President Richard L. Van Horn. "Under his leadership, the university now has one of the fastest growing research programs in the nation, with expectations that OU will move to the top 40 public research universities by the close of this year."

OU posted a record year in fiscal 1992 for both research awards and expenditures. Research awards for the year totaled $99.1 million and expenditures totaled $96.8 million. In a recent report, O'Neil projected that both total expenditures and total awards for research, public service and training should break the $100 million level for the first time in the history of the university in the 1993 fiscal year.

"Dr. O'Neil also has worked diligently to increase the university's interaction with industry and to build a strong, nationally recognized graduate program," Van Horn said.

O'Neil was associated with the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1975 until he was appointed to his OU positions. At Georgia Tech, he was instrumental in efforts that led to a tenfold increase in funding for research and development. Research and development funding at Georgia Tech grew from $11 million in 1975 to $105 million in 1988.

He also has worked extensively in Europe, where he was the prime architect in the design, financing and establishment of the first independent, non-profit research institute in the Republic of Ireland. He was a founding faculty member and academic board member of the National Institute for Higher Education, now the University of Limerick, the first university established in the Republic of Ireland. …

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