The annual yearbook of the University of Oklahoma, located in Norman, is called
Sooner. OU’s president is former U.S. Senator David Boren. The 2003 volume
of Sooner devotes two pages to Ken Levit, currenty president of the OU campus
in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Sooner reports that Levit left his hometown of Tulsa in 1998 to work for CIA
director George Tenet. In 2000 he returned to Tulsa, and was recruited by Boren
for the OU position. Boren, who was Chairman of the Intelligence Committee until
he resigned from the Senate in 1994, is widely known as Tenet’s mentor
and patron. Shortly after 9/11, Time magazine reported that the two of them
were having a "leisurely breakfast" in a Washington hotel on the morning
of the attack.
Boren has made a life-long practice of placing his close friends in
government jobs. While introducing Tenet at a speech on the OU campus
in March of 2005, Boren said that in 1987 Tenet was given the job of chief of
staff for the Intelligence Committtee, even though several other staff members
outranked him. At the time, Tenet had no background in intelligence or espionage.
Boren’s favor to Tenet is what launched him on his career path
to becoming CIA director, during the Clinton administration. In January
2001, Boren called the newly inaugurated George Bush and convinced him to keep
Tenet in that position. The failure to prevent 9/11 and the lie about weapons
of mass destruction in Iraq are two consequences. These should be seen as the
legacy of David Boren.
Similarly, the appointment of Levit to the presidency of an OU campus appears
to be accounted for entirely by the fact that he is a friend and loyalist to
Boren. Levit managed Boren’s re-election campaign for the Senate in 1990.
The yearbook does not mention Levit having any experience in higher education
prior to being given the OU job by Boren. It does say that he received "many"
awards from Tenet, but does not provide details of any of them.
Another close CIA friend of Boren is David Edger, whom he brought to the OU
campus with a "visiting professor" appointment during the summer of
2001. Earlier, Edger had responsibility for CIA surveillance over the Hamburg
Al Qaeda cell. See this for more information about Boren, his CIA friends, and