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Former dean calls for Gallogly’s resignation

The Associated Press - January 23, 2019 2:38 pm

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – A former University of Oklahoma dean is calling for the resignation of OU President Jim Gallogly after a video surfaced of a now-former student wearing blackface and using a racial epithet.

Suzette Grillot, the former dean of OU’s College of International Studies, asked Gallogly during a student rally Tuesday for his resignation, prompting students to erupt in applause.

About 1,000 students and faculty members had gathered to condemn the video after the university earlier Tuesday released statements from two former students apologizing for the video.

Grillot was fired last week from her post as dean as part of Gallogly’s efforts to cut administrative costs. She remains a tenured professor in OU’s Department of International and Area Studies.

Gallogly, who became president in July , said after the rally he has no plans to resign. He says he’s taking steps to meet student demands to increase diversity among students and administrators.

 

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