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Senator David L. Boren

David L. Boren

As a member of the U.S. Senate from Oklahoma, David L. Boren was the principal author of the legislation that created the National Security Education Program and the Boren Awards, the scholarships and fellowships which bear his name. In arguing for the passage of NSEP, Senator Boren expressed his view that the U.S. needed to increase the number of American experts in the languages and cultures of certain nations which were infrequently studied but nevertheless critical to national security. With changes in the world, Boren felt that the U.S. would increasingly work through partnerships with other countries whose needs and perspectives need to be better understood by the United States.

Senator Boren currently serves as president of the University of Oklahoma. As a United States Senator from 1979 to 1994, Senator Boren served on the Senate Finance and Agriculture Committees and was the longest-serving chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He served as Oklahoma’s governor from 1974 through 1978 and is, therefore, also the first person in Oklahoma history to serve as a state legislator, governor, U.S. senator, and president of the University of Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Yale University, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Senator Boren is widely respected for his academic credentials, his longtime support for education, and his distinguished political career as a reformer of the U.S. political system.

Senator Boren is the founding member of the Boren Forum’s Honorary Board of Directors.

(Photo and portions of this text adapted from www.borenawards.org)


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