University of Tulsa announces return of Steadman Upham as president, replaces ousted Geoffrey Orsak

TULSA - The University of Tulsa has announced the return of Steadman Upham as university president.

Upham, who retired to a professor role with the school in June, agreed to step back into the role for up to two years as the school searches for a successor, according to a TU press release.

"Stead knows TU inside and out and is respected by our students, faculty, alumni and friends," said TU board chairman L. Duane Wilson. "The board agreed that this stabilizing force will allow us to move forward deliberately and without haste in selecting TU's next president."

Upham will resume office Oct. 1.

"I have every confidence that the University of Tulsa is as strong as ever, and I look forward to helping ensure TU has a smooth transition into its next historic phase," Upham said. "I sincerely love this university and this city, and am glad to be of service at this crucial time."

The "stabilizing" move comes at a time turmoil for the university, following the brief 74-day tenure of Geoffrey Orsak as Tulsa president.

TU has yet to comment on its motivations for Orsak's firing, citing "discretion and university policy" in a school statement.

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