David Boren Educates State Chamber

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David Boren Educates State Chamber


OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) -- University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren said on Wednesday that quality higher education and university- based research are both key ingredients to the growth of Oklahoma.

"No state has been able to prosper without having a university of national stature to train leaders with the ability and vision to guide the future," Boren said while speaking at a breakfast meeting of the State Chamber Small Business Fall Forum in Oklahoma City.

Sixty years ago, the former governor and U.S. senator said, OU President Joseph Brandt said, `No state has ever become great without having a truly great university within its boundaries.'

"Brandt's statement is even more accurate today when we realize that human resources are the most important resources of all in the creation of wealth and a good quality of life," Boren said.

In addition to having an outstanding university to train its leaders, a state needs a strong university research effort to help create new businesses and jobs, Boren said.

"Our universities must not only teach our students how to get a job; they must teach our students how to create jobs," he said.

"It is no coincidence that areas of the country with rapid economic growth like Silicon Valley in California; Austin, Texas; and the Research Triangle of North Carolina are close to strong university research programs."

The ranking of states in terms of per capita income almost exactly matches the ranking of states in the quality of higher education and research, Boren said.

While outlining initiatives to spur economic development in the state, Boren announced that OU has ranked number one in research growth in the Big 12 Conference and for the fourth year in a row has produced more than $100 million in externally funded research, passing $130 million this year. …

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