OU alumnus Tim Headington was honored at Friday's official groundbreaking ceremony.
NORMAN, Okla. --
University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren today announced that OU's new student housing center - now under construction - will be named to honor the major donor to the center, OU alumnus Tim Headington, pending approval of the OU Board of Regents at its September meeting.
Boren made the announcement at the official groundbreaking for the $75 million housing center, located on the southeast corner of the Jenkins and Lindsey intersection.
The facility will accommodate an increasing student enrollment. This year, OU has a record-setting freshman class - the largest freshman class in state history at a four-year public university and the largest in OU history with 4,065 freshmen. The number of student athletes is also increasing, from 400 in 1994 to 600 today. The new housing center will house 49 percent student-athletes and 51 percent students who are not athletes.
Boren said he will recommend to the OU Board of Regents that the housing center be named to honor major donor and OU tennis letterman Tim Headington, whose $10 million gift will benefit this housing project for our students.
"The OU family deeply appreciates the extraordinary gift of Tim Headington and other major donors to the new housing center," Boren said. "It will offer the student-athletes and other students who live in Headington Hall an unexcelled place to live, study and create a strong sense of community."
Headington, who was recognized this past May with OU's highest award, the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, is president and founder of the Dallas-headquartered Headington Resources Inc., an independent exploration and production operator in south Texas. The company also has interests in real estate and hotel development, film production, private equity and entertainment. He serves on the board of directors of the Mike Modano Foundation, an organization that raises funds to improve the quality of life for underserved and at-risk youth in the Dallas area, and is a major supporter of The Heroes Foundation, which provides programs for disadvantaged youth to participate in a select baseball program.
He is also co-founder of the nonprofit Headington Institute, headquartered in Pasadena, Calif., the mission of which is to care for caregivers worldwide by determining the best ways to promote the physical hardiness, emotional resilience and spiritual validity of humanitarian relief and development personnel.
Headington earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from OU, and went on to earn graduate degrees in theology and psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. He serves on the OU athletic director's Executive Advisory Council and in 2005, he was honored with the OU Regents' Alumni Award.
"To see a former student-athlete act this generously toward those who follow in his footsteps is inspiring, and I think it illustrates the continuity that OU has enjoyed from one era to the next," said OU Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione. "We place great emphasis on our regard for one another and Tim Headington once again embodies that philosophy, and his continued impact certainly benefits the sport he played, but reaches across our program to impact many students on our campus. His legacy extends far beyond brick and mortar to human kindness and unselfishness."
The five-story, approximately 230,000-square-foot housing facility, which is scheduled for completion in 2013, will include two- and four-bed units totaling approximately 380 beds, a state-of-the art central dining facility, similar to the newly renovated Couch Cafeteria, computer labs, seminar rooms and a faculty-in-residence unit.
Also, to provide support and expansion to the student-athlete Academic Center, the facility will include additional space for tutoring and studying, offering support services that help create a firm academic foundation for our student-athletes. Retail space will be located on the ground level.