Judge Henry Selected as Next Oklahoma City University President

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Judge Henry Selected as Next Oklahoma City University President


Page, David, THE JOURNAL RECORD


Robert H. Henry was selected Thursday as the 17th president and CEO of Oklahoma City University.

He will replace Tom J. McDaniel, who will retire as president in July and become chancellor of the private Methodist-affiliated university with 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students. McDaniel announced plans to retire as president in September.

McDaniel joined OCU as president in June 2001 after serving as president of Northwestern State University in Alva. Earlier he was vice chairman of Oklahoma City-based Kerr-McGee Corp.

"Judge Henry has a full appreciation of the remarkable achievements made under President McDaniel's nine-year tenure," said William F. Shdeed, president of OCU's board of trustees. "We believe he can lead OCU to the next level of national and international prominence in private higher education."

Henry, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit, is stepping away from a lifetime appointment. He was appointed to the federal bench 15 years ago by President William J. Clinton.

"Stepping away from a lifetime appointment on the federal bench underscores his commitment to Oklahoma City University and his belief in its future," McDaniel said.

Henry's selection was approved Thursday by OCU's board of trustees from a field of 43 applicants and 10 additional nominations.

"Robert Henry was the top choice at each stage of the search process, which began in August, and our board was enthusiastic in selecting him to be our next president and CEO," Shdeed said.

Candidates were reviewed by a 15-member search committee including trustees, faculty, staff and the president of the OCU Student Government Association.

"Judge Henry brings national and international visibility to the university," said Ron Norick, trustee, chairman of the search committee and a former Oklahoma City mayor. …

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