OU Associate Vice President Jabar Shumate Resigns

Tuesday, July 24th 2018, 5:53 am
By: News On 6

An Associate Vice President at the University of Oklahoma has stepped down.

Jabar Shumate, who is a former state Senator and state Representative was hired three years ago as Associate Vice President for University Community.

Diversity and inclusion was a big part of his job after a 2015 video surfaced of the university's SAE fraternity members performing a racist chant.

3/27/2015 Related Story: OU President Boren Announces Findings Of SAE Racist Chant Investigation

In a statement, OU says Shumate resigned to pursue other career opportunities. 

"I can confirm that Jabar Shumate, Associate Vice President for University Community, resigned from the university to pursue other career opportunities. We thank him for his years of service to OU." said Erin Yarbrough, Interim Vice President for Public Affairs.

He is the most recent departure from the university since new president James Gallogly took over earlier this year.

Gallogly cut one-third of his executive staff when he took over as OU president earlier this month.

The university says an interim replacement will be named as soon as possible, then they'll start a national search for a new Vice President.