When it was announced the David Boren would be stepping down from his role as the beloved president of the University of Oklahoma, there was every bit of the expected outcry from the student body. However, that initial rush of interest piqued quickly; very few of the OU students who expressed such dismay at DBo’s retirement seemed to put much stock in the subsequent presidential election process.
The process was kept entirely confidential. While many educators spoke out against this decision, the student populace remained largely unconcerned with the Board of Regents’ secrecy. Now that the President Designate has delivered his first speech at a Sooner podium just minutes ago, I’ve noticed another surge in campus outrage.
Scores of Sooners are taking to social media and protesting the selection of James L. Gallogly. A former lawyer, oil executive and OU grad, Gallogly has been criticized by some for lacking experience in the field of higher education. Regardless of your thoughts on OU’s 14th president, however, here’s my callous opinion:
If this is your first time tuning in to the presidential search since DBo’s announcement back in September, your fiery Twitter tirades don’t count. You didn’t bother to follow the search or express an opinion about the confidentiality but now you’ve decided to reclaim your position atop your soapbox? That’s a bold strategy, Cotton.
Here’s a Bible-Belt metaphor for you: If your interest in the search is limited to mourning DBo’s announcement and raging over Gallogly’s appointment, you’re the equivalent of Creasters. You make an appearance on Christmas and Easter but we both know you’re not a member of the church. It’s easy to show up when there’s something shiny to complain about, but it doesn’t provide us with anything of merit. Go back to your Twitter feeds and we’ll give you a heads-up when Mike Stoops gets the axe.
I’m withholding judgment on Gallogly until I see him in action. To be fair, DBo didn’t have an exorbitant amount of experience in the world of collegiate education until he took his job as OU’s 13th president and that ended up working out pretty well after all.