Oklahoma State Senator, Jim Halligan will speak to Cushing Lions Club on Tuesday, January 19 at noon.  Location is the Lion’s Den at Broadway and Central in Downtown Cushing.  THE PUBLIC IS INVITED.  Guest Lunch reservations are necessary at $5.00. Please call Tom Cummings, 225-2721.


James E. Halligan joined Oklahoma State University as its 16th President on August 1, 1994.  As Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma State University System and President of Oklahoma State University, Halligan was responsible for OSU campuses in Stillwater, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Okmulgee as well as at OSU’s Center for Health Sciences and Medical School.  The university offers programs through 100 distance learning sites in addition to research and extension activities in 83 locations worldwide.


At OSU, Halligan emphasized student success; increasing retention and graduation rates, encouraging the development of national scholars and investing more than $200 million in facilities that include a Center for Services to Students, a student leadership complex, multi-media classrooms and suite-style student housing. Halligan and his wife, Ann, hosted thousands of students in their home each academic year and supported student-run events such as Orange Peel, Homecoming, Varsity Review and Into the Streets..  During Halligan’s tenure, OSU was named both “America’s Best College Buy” and a “Truman Honor Institution.”


Halligan also stressed the university’s role in research and economic development. Among $380-million in new facilities brought online during the Halligan years are the Advanced Technology Research Center, designed to host joint industry-university research, and the Food & Agricultural Products Research & Technology Center, which offers pilot plant space to Oklahoma entrepreneurs. Halligan has focused OSU research efforts on homeland security through sensor and laser applications.  The university has 51 active patents.  OSU is a partner with the City of Stillwater and Meridian Technology Center in the Oklahoma Technology and Research Park west of Stillwater.


Halligan’s efforts saw OSU’s first capitol campaign top $260 million – more than double the original goal. And he helped raise the money to “Raise the Roof” on Gallagher-Iba Arena, named by CBS Sportsline as the best college basketball venue in the nation.

Halligan has BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University.  His teaching, research and administrative positions have taken him to Texas Tech, Arkansas, and New Mexico State University where he served as President for ten years before coming to OSU.