Just one week after Rogers State University President Joe Wiley said he was taking another job, University of Oklahoma regents named a new president of the Claremore university.
Regents named former state representative and University of Tulsa administrator Larry Rice as the next president of the 4,000-student university that also has campuses in Bartlesville and Pryor. "President Wiley has done a great job of taking (Rogers State University) from a two-year to a four-year institution,” Rice said. "It's a wonderful place. It's exciting and poised to keep growing.” Rice will earn $205,000 when he becomes president June 30, but he'll start March 31 as president designee earning a temporary salary of $185,000. Wiley, who was named president of Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., will work with Rice during the transitional period. Rice now is executive assistant to TU president Steadman Upham. He's worked at TU since 1991 and was a Democrat state representative from Pryor from 1986 to 2004. Regents chairman Tom Clark said he and several others regents visited Rogers State last week and faculty, student and business leaders all recommended Rice as a candidate. "We wanted to keep the momentum going and when we saw this incredible push to hire Dr.