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5 Things You Need to Know About…Clarke Stroud ’90, ’93


5 Things Clarke

How many bow ties do you have and how did this fetish start?

I have around 75 bow ties. I started wearing them in 1992 and came to love their timeless simplicity.

You’re well-known on the sidelines at OU football games. Ever TiVo yourself and go back and watch?

My friends treat me like Waldo from “Where’s Waldo.” I get texts when I make an appearance on TV. I might have gone back and watched a couple of times!

What was like being a Ruf-Nek?

I loved being a RUF/NEK. It was special being a part of OU tradition. The relationships and memories will always be with me.

You’ve devoted your whole career to OU. What’s your secret to coming into work motivated each day?

I love my job! I consider myself lucky to work at OU. I am blessed to work alongside our students and with the best staff in the country. OU is a special place.

What’s the best thing about being around OU students everyday?

Working with OU students on a daily basis keeps me feeling young. Their youthful energy is contagious. They challenge me each and every day to be a better person.


  1. I feel the same as Clarke about my job. I love it, I love working with the students, faculty and being a part of the OU family. This is the best job I’ve ever had.

  2. Clarke was a great student advocate when i was at ou in 95-2000.
    I see him now and i am proud of him and ou.
    Ou is lucky to keep such a positive contagious influence.

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