David Boren

  • University of Oklahoma

David Boren is president of the University of Oklahoma, where he has served since 1994. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Senate from 1979 until he resigned in 1994 upon his appointment to the presidency at Oklahoma. He had been reelected in 1990 with 83 percent of the vote, the highest in the nation in a U.S. Senate contest that election year. While in the Senate, David served on the Finance and the Agricultural committees, and was the longest-serving chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He was known for his efforts to make government work better for American citizens, including congressional campaign finance reform and legislation discouraging the flow from government service to lobbying firms. From 1974 to 1979, David served as governor of Oklahoma, and was the youngest governor in the nation at that time. David was a member of the Yale board of trustees from 1988 to 1997, and in 1993 the American Association of University Professors presented him with the Henry Yost Award as Education Advocate of the Year. David was a Rhodes scholar and earned a master’s degree in politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University.