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Outlook 2013: OCU has several parts to play in city’s future, Henry says

Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry said the city and OCU are instrumental in shaping each other’s future.

BY BRYAN DEAN Published: April 28, 2013

Located a few minutes from downtown, Oklahoma City University has a unique role to play in shaping the city’s future, President Robert Henry said.

Whether it be through academic programs, fine arts performances or its role on the Oklahoma River, OCU has taken steps to react as the city has changed.

Henry said the relocation of the OCU law school to downtown Oklahoma City also will be a major change. The law school is set to move to the old Central High School at 800 N Harvey.

Moving the school downtown made sense for both OCU and the city, Henry said.

“It will bring legal speakers, continuing legal education and legal librarians downtown,” Henry said.

The university has tried to react to the city’s shifting needs, Henry said.

The Meinders School of Business has beefed up its master’s of business administration programs to serve local businesses, particularly energy companies.

The university has put new emphasis on its cell and molecular biology programs to serve a growing medical research community, he said.

Henry said he would like to see the university do a better job promoting its fine arts performances, which mesh well with the downtown fine arts scene.

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