OU pays law firm over $1,000,000 to investigate David Boren

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NORMAN — The expense of investigating retired OU President David Boren and the misreporting of information to U.S. News & World Report has skyrocketed.

The University of Oklahoma now has paid the Jones Day law firm more than $1,030,000 for the two completed investigations, records show.

The latest payment to the law firm — $376,558 — was made Tuesday, the records show.

OU hired Jones Day last year to investigate the misreporting of information to U.S. News & World Report for its annual ranking of universities. OU in November asked the law firm to conduct a sexual misconduct investigation of Boren.

Boren, 78, a former Oklahoma governor and U.S. senator, retired last year after nearly 24 years in charge at OU. He has denied wrongdoing.

"It's truly an extravagant expense but I'm not surprised," Boren's attorney, Clark Brewster, said Wednesday.

The attorney said former OU President James Gallogly created "this mess." The attorney alleged Gallogly sought out a law firm that would give him the result he wanted even though he knew it would be at tremendous expense.
 

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NORMAN — The expense of investigating retired OU President David Boren and the misreporting of information to U.S. News & World Report has skyrocketed.

The University of Oklahoma now has paid the Jones Day law firm more than $1,030,000 for the two completed investigations, records show.

The latest payment to the law firm — $376,558 — was made Tuesday, the records show.

OU hired Jones Day last year to investigate the misreporting of information to U.S. News & World Report for its annual ranking of universities. OU in November asked the law firm to conduct a sexual misconduct investigation of Boren.

Boren, 78, a former Oklahoma governor and U.S. senator, retired last year after nearly 24 years in charge at OU. He has denied wrongdoing.

"It's truly an extravagant expense but I'm not surprised," Boren's attorney, Clark Brewster, said Wednesday.

The attorney said former OU President James Gallogly created "this mess." The attorney alleged Gallogly sought out a law firm that would give him the result he wanted even though he knew it would be at tremendous expense.
Well, that should only increases their debt by $1,030,000. Just a drop in the bucket next to the 1 billion they already owe. Money well spent at least.
 

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Only $1,000,000?

Hell, they claim they're saving more than 4X that with the layoffs they announced a couple days ago!

Edit: they announced $4.2 million savings by eliminating 69 people. That's approximately $68,000 per person laid off. If those folks received benefits equal to 33% of their pay (a fairly conservative number), their average salary is around $48,000/year. These aren't Boren's VP-level friends and lovers, these are clerks and janitors. Even with him gone, it's a very Gallogly-type move.
 
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But according to Prof Dennings letter...there are also high paying jobs:
"Faculty and administrative salaries at OU are grotesquely inflated. The Governor of Oklahoma is paid $147,000. A US Congressman makes $174,000. The median family income in Oklahoma is about $50,000. Yet there are more than a hundred faculty and administrators at OU who make more than $200,000. A few years ago, I was astonished to see that the average salary for a Dean at OU had risen to $200,000. Now it’s closer to $300,000. No faculty member or administrator at OU needs or deserves to have an income higher than that of the Governor. Students and taxpayers are being gouged."
 
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$1M is likely cover your arse "self audit" spend.

A Professor in the Law, Med, Engineering, or Business schools will easily make +$200K or they would go back into private industry. You can cut Liberal Art's salaries since their only option would be unemployment.
 

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But according to Prof Dennings letter...there are also high paying jobs:
"Faculty and administrative salaries at OU are grotesquely inflated. The Governor of Oklahoma is paid $147,000. A US Congressman makes $174,000. The median family income in Oklahoma is about $50,000. Yet there are more than a hundred faculty and administrators at OU who make more than $200,000. A few years ago, I was astonished to see that the average salary for a Dean at OU had risen to $200,000. Now it’s closer to $300,000. No faculty member or administrator at OU needs or deserves to have an income higher than that of the Governor. Students and taxpayers are being gouged."
^^^^ Exactly this. My point was it doesn't appear those high paying jobs are where the layoffs are happening. When you're a billion dollars in debt and you're laying off people making less than$50,000/yr it is purely cosmetic.