By June 1973, the Chancellor recommended that a chief administrator for the
College be recruited and the institution be readied to accept an entering class
by September 1974. A national search for a chief administrator began. The
list of candidates included John Barson, Ed. D., Professor of Medical Educa­
tion and Associate Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan
State University. The State Regents and the Advisory CommLttee concurred
on his qualifications and on December 1, 1973, Dr. Barson was appointed to
serve as the first President and Acting Dean.
With this appointment full-scale activity began to establish a curriculum,
recruit faculty and students, and obtain physical facilities and equipment. The
State Regents purchased a modest building at Ninth Street and Cincinnati
Avenue in Tulsa to renovate as an interim campus. The College applied to the
U. S. Public Health Service for $4,465,500 in federal assistance to construct a
permanent teaching facility, and in July 1974 the full amount was approved for
the school.
This grant, coupled with $1. 5 million in building funds allocated by the State
Regents, permits a start on construction of a multi -story, 100, OOO-square­
foot teaching facility consisting of classrooms, basic and clinical science
teaching laboratories, faculty and administrative offices, research areas, and
an innovative Learning Resources Center. The building will be situated on a
16-acre site on the west bank of the Arkansas River, opposite Oklahoma
Osteopathic Hospital. Following its completion in 1977, the facility will allow
the College to admit 100 entering students each year.
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