OU Interim President Joseph Harroz, Jr.

  • Interim President of the University of Oklahoma
  • Fenelon Boesche Chair of Law
  • Professor of Law


B.A., with distinction, University of Oklahoma, 1989

J.D., Georgetown Law Center, 1992


Joseph Harroz, Jr. became the 12th Dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Law and 7th Director of the OU Law Center on July 1, 2010. He teaches in the area of employment law and healthcare law.

He is a native Oklahoman and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Zoology. He received his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center and was an associate editor of the Journal of Law and Policy in International Business. While in Washington D.C., Harroz served as Legislative Director and Legal Counsel to then-U.S. Senator David L. Boren.

Upon Harroz's return to Oklahoma, he joined the law firm of Crowe and Dunlevy, practicing in the area of commercial litigation. In 1994, he began his service at the University of Oklahoma, serving in the role of Vice President for Executive Affairs. In 1996, Joseph Harroz was named General Counsel of the University of Oklahoma, serving as chief legal counsel to the President, the OU Board of Regents, and the five campuses they oversee. His twelve-year tenure as General Counsel is the longest in the history of the University.

From 2008 to 2010 Harroz was President of a publicly traded healthcare company that, under his leadership, became the second largest sleep diagnostic and therapy company in the nation. Harroz was a founding director of the Oklahoma Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, is a member of the board of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, and chairman and trustee of Waddell & Reed's Ivy Mutual Funds and trustee of the Waddell and Reed's Advisors Mutual Funds.

Harroz has a long history of service to the College of Law, having taught as an adjunct professor since 1997, frequently guest lecturing, and serving as a College advisory board member.

OU College of Law accomplishments of the last seven years include: achieving the highest U.S. News & World Report ranking ever earned by an Oklahoma law school; being named a Best Value Law School each year; consistently leading the state in Bar Exam passage rates; being a Top 20 moot court program school for its fifth consecutive years, and in 2017 rising to No. 2 in the nation; setting new pro bono service hour records each year, with more than 23,000 in 2017; doubling the size of its scholarship endowment; increasing its annual giving by more than five times; increasing the annual amount of scholarship money given to students to more than $1.5 million; creating joint degree and certificate programs to enhance the J.D.; and launching the nation’s first-ever law school Digital Initiative preparing students for success in the legal profession in the 21st century.

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