In the world of college campuses, time passes in one- and four-year cycles, transitioning each spring on the coattails of graduation robes and flitting colored tassels.
On Saturday, May 4, President Mark Rutland’s four-year cycle at ORU will end. The 65-year-old academic CEO will join the class of 2013 on the Mabee Center stage and exit ORU with the group of students he started with four years ago.
“It is like we’re graduating at the same time,” Rutland said. “That’s kind of rewarding.”
This year’s diplomas will still bear his signature.
After another four-year cycle spins out, however, Rutland said he doesn’t expect future students to remember him. With generally short terms in office and even shorter legacies, college administrators are as transient as the Oklahoma wind from Rutland’s point of view.
“Kids are concerned about their papers and their dates and their basketball games, and you know, you’re gone,” he said. “That’s not sad. It’s real.”