residential colleges are rising against the university landscape, due to the
continued generosity of university supporters Tim Headington and Archie and
Both provided leadership gifts for two inaugural residential
colleges, located on the south side of Lindsey Street across from Oklahoma
Memorial Stadium. The facilities are being built simultaneously and are expected
to open in the fall of 2017.
The colleges are patterned after those at Ivy League
universities and will offer traditional, Cherokee Gothic living facilities
with courtyards, internal dining halls, study rooms and seminar rooms. Each
college will boast its own live-in faculty fellows, motto, crest and intramural
teams. Residents will be upper-division students; currently, fewer than 300
such students live in OU’s residence halls.
Research indicates that students who choose to live on
campus earn higher grades and form closer ties with one another and their
university, said OU President David L. Boren.
“Tim Headington and Archie and Linda Dunham grasped very
quickly the difference the residential colleges would make to campus life and
learning at OU,” Boren said. “Of course, the Dunhams have been key to
enhancing student life through the Archie W. Dunham Conoco Student Leadership
Center in Oklahoma Memorial Union, and Tim has helped to create a wonderful student
living environment through his investment in Headington Hall. Together, they
have made a tremendous impact on the OU student experience.”
In 2011, Headington donated $10 million to help build Headington
Hall, which houses all incoming freshman athletes for OU’s 21 sports. More
than half of the facility’s residents are non-athletes in compliance with NCAA
requirements. The former tennis letterman and 1972 history alumnus previously
made a $2.2 million gift to build OU’s Headington Family Tennis Center. He
received OU’s Honorary Degree in 2011.
“I am very excited about the residential colleges,”
Headington said. “They will create a strong on-campus living and learning
community for upper-division students for the first time. My own experience in
seeing the way the university effectively used private resources in the
creation of Headington Hall made me want to support the residential college
proposal all the more.”
Dunham is non-executive chairman of Chesapeake Energy’s
Board of Directors. He served as chairman of ConocoPhillips from 2002 to 2004
and was chairman, president and CEO of Conoco Inc. from 1996 to 2002. During
that time, Conoco made a $1 million lead gift to the leadership center in OU’s
Dunham holds both a 1960 bachelor’s in geological
engineering and a 1966 master’s of business administration. He and his wife,
Linda, have given nearly $3 million to benefit OU programs, primarily in the
Price College of Business and the Gallogly College of Engineering. Dunham
served as a member of the OU Energy Center Board of Visitors and is the
recipient of both a Regents Alumni Award and a 1999 Honorary Degree.
“Linda and I have visited with President Boren for several
years about his dream of a residential college for OU. We are excited by the
opportunity to help David’s dream become a reality – a place where young men
and women can become lifelong friends and deepen their love of the University
of Oklahoma and the values that it represents,” Archie Dunham said.