University to Remove Name of Law School Founder With KKK Ties
In a closed meeting, trustees voted to remove John Rogers' name from the building housing the University of Tulsa's law school.
Rogers had ties to the KKK. TU President Steadman Upham issued a statement after the decision was reached.
This action comes after nearly one year of research and substantive discussion and is directly reflective of the core values of TU’s mission: excellence in scholarship, dedication to free inquiry, integrity of character and commitment to humanity. This decision represents TU’s demonstrated commitment to fostering an academic environment that is informed by historical perspective, guided by the search for truth and motivated by service to a diverse society. Wednesday’s action by the board does not alter or attempt to rewrite history, rather it represents the best efforts to objectively examine the life of John Rogers in its entirety. The framework of these discussions allowed for thorough dialogue and prevented a rush to judgment. A plaque memorializing the life of John Rogers, including his many significant and long-lasting contributions to The University of Tulsa, will be installed at the primary entrances to the College of Law building. There have been no discussions regarding naming this building for any other person. We are grateful for the leadership of the TU Board of Trustees in this important matter. It is our belief that this decision will advance our commitment to inclusivity, diversity and a more engaged campus community.