Early Childhood Institute Director and Development Director Named at OU-Tulsa

University of Oklahoma-Tulsa President Gerard Clancy, M.D., recently announced two new appointments at OU-Tulsa. Diane Horm, Ph.D., was named the George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Professor in Early Childhood Education at OU-Tulsa. Horm will also serve as the director of OU-Tulsa’s Early Childhood Institute. Additionally, Sharon Gallagher recently accepted the position of executive director of development.

Horm will lead OU-Tulsa’s efforts to offer education degree programs that focus on Oklahoma’s earliest learners – from birth to five years. She will also direct research and learning activities at OU-Tulsa’s Early Childhood Institute. OU-Tulsa now offers a bachelor’s degree completion program in early childhood education.

“We are very lucky to be able to recruit such a nationally recognized expert in child development,” Clancy said. “We are pleased to offer programs – like the undergraduate early childhood degree – that are needed in Tulsa and northeastern Oklahoma. Dr. Horm’s experience makes her the perfect person to lead our mission of educating early childhood teachers in our area.”

Prior to moving to Tulsa in August, Horm served the University of Rhode Island in various capacities for 20 years, as a professor, director of two child development centers and associate dean of the college of Human Sciences and Services. She received her doctoral degree in child development from Virginia Tech in 1985.

Gallagher is responsible for all fundraising activities at OU-Tulsa. Prior to accepting this position, she served the University for more than six years as the associate director for the National Resource Center for Youth Services and as a graduate programs representative. Gallagher has lived in Tulsa for 20 years, and also served the community as the director of Leadership Tulsa before joining OU-Tulsa’s staff.

Dr. Clancy went on to say, “We are very excited about Sharon Gallagher’s community involvement and her OU experience. She will play a significant part in the growth of OU-Tulsa and will work with community leaders to advance OU’s mission in Tulsa.”

The University of Oklahoma Schusterman Center is home to all OU programs in Tulsa. Located at 41st and Yale, the campus greatly enhances OU’s presence in the community and expands educational, research and patient care programs for the community. The OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center currently offers four bachelor’s degree completion programs, 16 master’s programs, a doctor of medicine degree, a doctor of pharmacy degree and nine residency programs in medicine. For more information about OU-Tulsa, call (918) 660-3000 or visit http://tulsa.ou.edu.

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