Board Comments to University Changes

For immediate release

Jan. 30, 2020

The Board of Trustees of The University of Tulsa today accepted with regret Dr. Gerard Clancy’s resignation as president and expressed its gratitude to Dr. Clancy for his distinguished service to the university and the Tulsa community. The resignation is effective Jan. 30, 2020.

“The Board is deeply grateful to Dr. Clancy for his extraordinary dedication and service to TU,” said TU Board of Trustees Chair Fred Dorwart. “We respect his decision, wish him a full and speedy recovery and look forward to his returning in a capacity where he will continue to advance the interests of The University of Tulsa.”

“I had promised my family that if my health was affected, I would step down as president. That day has come,” said Clancy in a community-wide email. While the timeframe is undetermined, Clancy will return to campus as professor of community medicine in the Oxley College of Health Sciences. In addition, it is anticipated he will assist with fundraising, student recruitment and corporate and civic partnerships.

Provost Janet Levit, who served as acting president while Clancy was on medical leave, will now serve as interim president until a permanent successor is identified. Senior Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives Tracy Manly will become acting provost.

Clancy was the 20th president of The University of Tulsa, starting in November 2016. He oversaw a difficult review of academic programming that culminated in a phase-out plan for low-enrollment programs. As part of this plan, he spearheaded the launch of key new academic programs in areas of growing student interest and marketplace demands, including a doctorate in nursing practice, a certified nurse anesthetist program, a Cyber Fellows program, the Duane King Fellows at the Helmerich Center for American Research and new online programs in business and cyber security.

Under Clancy’s leadership, the university reversed several years of enrollment declines, steadily increasing domestic freshman enrollment over the past three years. Clancy maintained a laser focus on student experience and success, launching a state-of-the-art Center for Student Success and creating a network of student support programs including mental health outreach, sexual assault prevention, trauma-informed law enforcement, residential life programming and binge-drinking reduction. In addition, his wife, Paula, established the First Lady Emergency Fund for TU students with sudden financial crises.

During his presidency, Clancy was honored with the Heart of Henry (Zarrow) Humanitarian Award, the Brody National Medical Education Scholars Award, the OU-TU School of Community Medicine Outstanding Teacher Award, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Public Service Award, the National President of the Year award from the Student Veterans of America and recognition from the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Study Group on College Student Well-being.

Dr. and Mrs. Clancy have been married 34 years, are longtime Tulsa residents and have three grown children.

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