Yesterday represented a bittersweet occasion as past and present deans, presidents, and university employees gathered to honor the career of CLS Dean James Pappas. OU President David L. Boren and Provost Kyle Harper both spoke at the event.

Pappas has served at the University of Oklahoma for nearly 30 years and is the longest-serving dean in OU history. His contributions to the college, University Outreach, and continuing education as a whole are extensive.  

Under his leadership, CLS has grown to be a tremendous resource for accredited online degree options, the fourth-largest college at OU, and a higher education provider for nontraditional students all over the world. He is responsible for multiple university-administered grants that provide service to communities statewide and oversees programs that directly serve more than 100,000 participants through University Outreach.

At the event, Pappas thanked many friends, family, and university employees for their contribution to his success. “Outreach’s success during my tenure simply mirrors the larger success of the university… I want to say ‘thank you’ to all of you and tell you how much you’ve meant to me during these 30 years of work for OU.”

December 9, 2016

Highlights from Dr. Pappas’ Retirement Reception [PHOTOS]

Past and present deans, presidents, and university employees gathered to honor the career of CLS Dean James Pappas at his retirement reception yesterday.
November 9, 2016

Green Zone Veteran’s Lunch a Success (PICS 2016)

The annual Green Zone Veteran’s Lunch was a success again this year with 12 veteran-oriented organizations and more than 200 students in attendance.
November 4, 2016

CLS Hosts Graduate Liberal Studies Conference

The College of Liberal Studies hosted the 2016 Annual Conference for the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) in October.
August 16, 2016

6th Annual CLS Tailgate Party

Mark your calendars! The sixth annual CLS tailgate party is scheduled for Saturday, September 17 during the University of Oklahoma vs. Ohio State game.