Richard L. Van Horn

Richard L. Van Horn (born November 2, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois) was the seventh president of the University of Houston and the 12th president of the University of Oklahoma.

Van Horn was born in Chicago, Illinois but raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Van Horn earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial administration from Yale University; a master of science degree in industrial management from the MIT Sloan School of Management; and a doctoral degree in systems science from Carnegie-Mellon University. He spent 16 years at Carnegie-Mellon as a faculty member, associate dean of the Graduate School of Industrial Administration, vice president for business affairs, vice president for management and provost. He went on to serve six years as the president of the University of Houston and University of Oklahoma. He served as president of Oklahoma from 1989 to 1994. Outside of academia, he spent ten years at the Rand Corporation.

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