Dean Joseph Harroz, Jr.


Dean of the College of Law
Director of the Law Center
Vice President of the University of Oklahoma
Fenelon Boesche Chair of Law
Professor of Law
B.A., Economics (with distinction), University of Oklahoma, 1989
J.D., Georgetown Law Center, 1992


Joseph Harroz, Jr. became the 12th Dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Law and 7th Director of the OU Law Center on July 1, 2010. He is also University Vice President. He teaches in the area of employment law.

He is a native Oklahoman and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Zoology. He received his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center and was an associate editor of the Journal of Law and Policy in International Business. While in Washington D.C., Harroz served as Legislative Director and Legal Counsel to then-U.S. Senator David L. Boren.

Upon Harroz's return to Oklahoma, he joined the law firm of Crowe and Dunlevy, practicing in the area of commercial litigation. In 1994, he began his service at the University of Oklahoma, serving in the role of Vice President for Executive Affairs. In 1996, Joseph Harroz was named General Counsel of the University of Oklahoma, serving as chief legal counsel to the President, the OU Board of Regents, and the five campuses they oversee. His twelve-year tenure as General Counsel is the longest in the history of the University.

From 2008 to 2010 Harroz was President of a publicly traded healthcare company that, under his leadership, became the second largest sleep diagnostic and therapy company in the nation. Harroz was a founding director of the Oklahoma Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, is a member of the board and executive committee of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, and chairman and trustee of Waddell & Reed's Ivy Mutual Funds and trustee of the Waddell and Reed's Advisors Mutual Funds.

Dean Harroz has a long history of service to the College of Law, having taught as an adjunct professor since 1997, frequently guest lecturing, and serving as a College advisory board member.