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Tulsa health center to be named after Tisdale; OU athletics give $3 million to academics

By SHANNON MUCHMORE World Staff Writer
Published: 6/24/2009 9:58 AM
Last Modified: 6/24/2009 10:46 AM

ARDMORE --The University of Oklahoma-Tulsa will name its planned north Tulsa speciality clinic after OU basketball legend and Tulsa native Wayman Tisdale, the university's board of regents announced Wednesday.

"It honors Wayman and his commitment to both excellence and service to the community," OU-Tulsa President Gerard Clancy said in a phone interview Wednesday morning.

It is also in honor of Tisdale's battle with cancer, a disease that will be treated at the $20 million clinic to be built at 36th Street North and North Harvard Avenue, he said.

Tisdale died in May at the age of 44.

The Wayman Tisdale Health Center is expected to be completed in about 20 months. Site preparation will begin in the fall, Clancy said.

The OU Regents also approved the university's fiscal year 2010 budget of $1.5 billion, which includes $3 million from the athletic department to academic programs.

“This additional support from the Athletics Department has helped the university avoid tuition increases for students and layoffs of faculty and staff,” OU President David Boren said. “I appreciate the support from the department in helping continue to promote academic excellence in a tough economic year. I especially am grateful that this support will help us lighten the burden on Oklahoma families by having no tuition increases this year.”

Also at the meeting, regents approved the first phase of the Schusterman Center Library at the main OU-Tulsa campus. The 22,000-square-foot building has a budget of $8.8 million, and includes reading rooms, an information gallery and library staff offices.


A rendering of the Wayman Tisdale Health Center.