UPDATE: Orsak Termination

Sep 14, 2012

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The University of Tulsa Board of Trustees chairman says the firing of TU President Geoffrey Orsak after 74 days on the job was "unavoidable."

Duane Wilson said in statement late Thursday afternoon that he can't discuss specific reasons why Orsak was fired Wednesday. Wilson said the firing has raised "intense" questions and interest and that he wants to offer assurance that TU is prepared for a "smooth course forward."

Orsak issued a statement earlier Thursday saying he and his family made sacrifices in moving from Dallas to Tulsa and that he's disappointed that the board decided to fire him after just more than two months. Orsak was dean of engineering at Southern Methodist University in Dallas when he was hired to replace the retiring Steadman Upham as TU president.