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David Boren understood power athletics, academics could have together

A lifelong politician with a keen mind for fundraising and rhetoric, it’s of little surprise David Boren broadened the University of Oklahoma’s academic horizon during more than 22 years as the school’s president.

Those traits often helped Boren’s reach extend further.

His fundraising initiatives — which have brought in more than $2 billion during his tenure, according to OU — and the 1998 hire of