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Headington and Dunham gifts make vision of OU residential colleges a reality
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An architectural rendering reveals the proposed dining hall design for OU’s residential colleges, whose construction has been made possible through leadership gifts from Tim Headington and Archie and Linda Dunham.

OU’s first residential colleges are ris­ing against the university landscape, due to the continued generosity of university supporters Tim Headington and Archie and Linda Dunham.

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 student union.

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.