James E. Halligan

Senator James E. Halligan earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University. Senator Halligan was the President of New Mexico State University for ten years before coming to Oklahoma State University where he became OSU’s 16th President. As Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma State University System and President of Oklahoma State University, Halligan was responsible for OSU campuses in Stillwater, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Okmulgee as well as at OSU’s Center for Health Sciences and Medical School. At OSU, Halligan emphasized student success; increasing retention and graduation rates, encouraging the development of national scholars and investing more than $200 million in facilities that include a Center for Services to Students, a student leadership complex, multi-media classrooms and suite-style student housing. Halligan also stressed the university’s role in research and economic development. Among $380 million in new facilities during the Halligan years are the Advanced Technology Research Center, designed to host joint industry-university research, and the Food & Agricultural Products Research & Technology Center, which offers pilot plant space to Oklahoma entrepreneurs. Halligan has focused OSU research efforts on homeland security through sensor and laser application. Halligan’s efforts saw OSU’s first capitol campaign top $260 million – more than double the original goal. And he helped raise the money to “Raise the Roof” on Gallagher-Iba Arena, named by CBS Sportsline as the best college basketball venue in the nation. James E. Halligan became a senator in 2008.