University of Tulsa president fired, 74 days on the job

09/13/2012 8:34 AM

09/13/2012 8:35 AM

The University of Tulsa has fired Geoffrey Orsak as president after 74 days on the job and one day after granting him a leave of absence.

A two sentence news release Wednesday said Orsak has been fired effective immediately and that TU executive Vice President Kevan Buck will "manage day-to-day operations."

No reason was given and TU spokeswoman Mona Chamberlin told The Associated Press that she could not comment.

TU had announced Tuesday that Orsak was given a leave of absence to tend to a health matter involving his father in Dallas.

Orsak was dean of engineering at Southern Methodist University when he was chosen to succeed the retiring Steadman Upham (UP'-um) as TU president. Orsak took office July 1 as the university's 18th president.

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