NORMAN, Okla. - OU President David Boren was taken to the hospital Saturday morning after suffering a minor stroke.
Boren was attending the unveiling of a statue of former football head coach Bob Stoops.
Witnesses say Boren was having trouble speaking at the event and also had trouble sitting down.
After speaking with paramedics around 10;45 a.m., Boren was put on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.
Joe Castiglione, who finished the speech, says Boren was taken to the hospital as a "precaution."
"Ladies and gentlemen, we love our president David Boren. Just taking some precautions. Let's all say a little prayer. Everything's going to be okay," said Castiglione.
Spoke with Joe Castiglione. There is very little information about David Boren’s condition. He doesn’t know much, was still processing it. But Castiglione said Boren was looking at him with an “I’m good” look as he received medical attention.
— Tyler Palmateer (@Tpalmateer83) April 14, 2018
Joe Castiglione tells me David Boren recently had “another event” from which he was recovering. He still thinks today was precautionary but doesn’t know “any more than you do.” #Sooners
— John E. Hoover (@johnehoover) April 14, 2018
Saturday evening, the University of Oklahoma released a statement saying Boren underwent several tests and it was determined that he had suffered a minor stroke.
They also say he is alert and is in "good spirits."
— Norman Transcript (@NormanNews) April 14, 2018
Boren announced that he plans to retire on June 30, 2018.
OU officials announced last month that James L. Gallogly will be the next president at the university.