february 12, 2003

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Oklahoma State University Welcomes New President

Dr. David J. Schmidly became the 17th president of Oklahoma State University and the CEO of the OSU System on January 16. He's already launched a strategic planning initiative, announced a reorganization of the OSU administration and delivered an address to the faculty that emphasizes diversity, technology and accountability.

Schmidly and his wife, Janet, come to OSU from Texas Tech University where he served as president and vice president for Research, Graduate Studies and Technology Transfer. Previously, he headed the Texas A&M-Galveston campus and was chair of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at Texas A&M.

A noted mammologist and author, Schmidly was recently inducted into the Texas Science, Mathematics and Technology Hall of Fame. His latest book, Texas Natural History, a Century of Change, was published in May. He has published more than 100 scientific articles and six other books. He intends to teach an honors course in zoology and continue writing and research during his presidency.

Dr. Schmidly earned a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Illinois. He received both bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas Tech.

Story Contact: Natalea Watkins, 405.744.6260