The University of Tulsa proudly announces the naming of the Oxley College of Health Sciences, which brings together the university’s health programs in an urban space that’s under renovation at 1215 S. Boulder Ave.
The new name honors The Oxley Foundation’s long-term commitment to the university and its health sciences initiatives. “Making a difference is really one of the hallmarks of the Oxley family, and this investment is just the latest in a legacy that stretches back to the 1970s,” said R.H. “Hank” Harbaugh, trustee of The Oxley Foundation. “The family made an active commitment to building a stronger Tulsa through the establishment of The Oxley Foundation. This college will be a difference-maker for the students who will be educated here and for the members of our community who will benefit from their outreach.”
Since its founding in 1985 by Mary K. and John T. Oxley of Tulsa, The Oxley Foundation has awarded millions of dollars in charitable grants, primarily in the areas of education, social welfare, health and equine sports.
TU will occupy 50,000 square feet of the building, which will house classrooms, student common areas and faculty offices for the college’s nursing, athletic training, exercise and sports science and community medicine programs. Experiential laboratories will be outfitted with the latest technology, including lifelike patient simulators, to offer learning opportunities that replicate real-world healthcare scenarios.
“Through programs that encompass physician training, brain research and nursing care, The University of Tulsa can help close critical healthcare gaps that affect the overall well-being of our state’s population,” said TU President Steadman Upham. “The Oxley Foundation continues to be a key strategic partner in our progress. This substantial gift allows us to continue the expansion of our overall health education effort.”
To accommodate travel between the main campus and the Oxley College of Health Sciences building, TU will operate continuous shuttle routes for students, faculty and staff. The new building expands TU’s downtown presence, which also includes the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education in the Brady Arts District.
Dr. Gerry Clancy, vice president for health affairs and dean of the Oxley College of Health Sciences, highlights the importance of TU’s role in expanding health resources in the Tulsa metro area. “In 2000, life expectancy in Tulsa County differed by as much as 14 years depending on a resident’s ZIP code. The Tulsa Health Department has worked with key community partners to reduce that difference to just under 11 years,” said Clancy. “The Oxley College of Health Sciences will join these efforts to continue improving access to quality health care in Tulsa.”