Boren said the selection process was a national search that lasted six months, and that Harroz was chosen by college faculty and search committee members from a list of three finalists.
"Joe Harroz possesses both a keen intellect and great administrative skill ... and I’m confident that he will strongly support the scholarly role of the law school,” Boren said. "He is the ideal person to build upon the solid progress made at the law school under the leadership of Dean Andy Coats.”
Harroz earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at OU and his law degree at Georgetown University. He stayed in Washington after graduation and worked as legislative director and legal counsel to Boren, who was still a U.S. senator at the time.
When Harroz returned to Oklahoma in the early 1990s, he joined the law firm Crowe & Dunlevy while Coats was serving as its president.
Harroz said as dean he wants more people to visit the college and discover the asset it can be for the state and country.
"I want to bring more people in to meet our incredible faculty and students, and to make sure they know this is their law school,” he said.
"We have a first-class facility, and we need to make sure the bar understands there is no divide between academic lawyers and the practicing bar.”