In May 2016, The University of Tulsa Board of Trustees named Dr. Gerard “Gerry” Clancy president-designate for TU. He assumed his duties as TU’s 20th president on Nov. 1, 2016. Clancy previously had served as TU’s vice president of health affairs and dean of the Oxley College of Health Sciences since Jan. 1, 2015.
Clancy is regarded as one of Tulsa’s leading advocates of mental health awareness and treatment and as president has continued to fight for prevention, intervention and direct care for those who suffer from mental illness and brain disease. In 2016, TU began work with the Zarrow Foundation to engage in research on the status of mental health in the Tulsa community. That research was used to develop the Tulsa Mental Health Plan, a 10-year strategic plan introduced in 2018 to improve mental health and the mental healthcare system.
Clancy also was instrumental in establishing the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Tulsa chapter in 2016, which is based at TU. The program develops future leaders in health through service projects targeting vulnerable populations. The Tulsa chapter is a joint effort with the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University Tulsa campuses.
In an effort to create a safer campus environment, Clancy has prioritized reducing incidences of sexual assault and raising awareness of the dangers of binge drinking. The university has implemented resources around awareness and prevention of sexual assault, including improving confidential pathways for reporting sexual assaults and training security officers in trauma-informed care.
During Clancy’s tenure as president, TU has received more than $100 million in gifts to fund scholarships and other university initiatives. The university is currently embarking on a capital campaign focused on raising money specifically earmarked for need-based scholarships and financial aid that will make TU more accessible and affordable.
Clancy launched TU’s College of Health Sciences in 2015 and served as dean until he was named president of the university. The college is home to the TU School of Nursing; the faculty of Community Medicine; and the Departments of Kinesiology & Rehabilitative Sciences and Communication Sciences & Disorders. The college also works closely with TU’s other colleges on interdisciplinary projects and with the Laureate Institute for Brain Research.
Clancy previously served as president of the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa from 2007 to 2015. He joined the University of Oklahoma in 2001 as dean of the College of Medicine in Tulsa, professor of psychiatry and Morningside Health Care Foundation Endowed Chair in Leadership. During his eight-year tenure as president, the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center added more than $327 million in new facilities, academic degree programs, endowed faculty chairs and student scholarships. Clancy helped develop a community health network that included after-hours free clinics for the underserved, pediatric school-based clinics in disadvantaged areas, mobile psychiatric teams and the OU Wayman Tisdale Specialty Health Clinic.
In 2015, the OU-Tulsa College of Medicine’s Tulsa branch was renamed the OU-TU School of Community Medicine, a joint venture between the University of Oklahoma and The University of Tulsa to provide a four-year program of medical education in Tulsa with a mission to improve the health of all Oklahomans, particularly those in underserved areas.
In 2011, Clancy served as chairman of the board of the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce and led a task force to advance regional economic development. In 2014, he served as campaign chair and chairman of the board of the Tulsa Area United Way. TulsaPeople magazine named him the 2009 “Tulsan of the Year,” and in 2014, he was invited to work on international health disparities with the World Health Organization.
Clancy earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Iowa, where he later served as a faculty member and vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry. He received The Distinguished Alumni Award for Early Achievement from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 2005 and the Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement from the University of Iowa in 2011.
He is a graduate of the Harvard University Programs in Health Care Policy and Management and Non-Profit Financial Stewardship and served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon.
Clancy and his wife, Paula, have been married more than 30 years and have three children: Sam, an attorney; Mary, a speech pathologist; and Joseph, a student at Seattle University.
- Graduate, Harvard Kennedy School of Government Program in Non-profit Financial Stewardship
- Graduate, University of Iowa Health Care Institutional Leadership Development Program
- Graduate, Harvard College of Public Health Program on Health Care Policy and Management
- Graduate, United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine Flight Surgeon’s School and Survival Training
- M.D., University of Iowa College of Medicine
- B.A., University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts
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