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Spears School of Business presents medallions to donors, faculty

OSU recognizes generosity, academic excellence at ceremony

Oklahoma State University benefits from monumental investments donors make toward the future of business at the institution, says the dean of the Spears School of Business.

Larry Crosby praised both donors and faculty for their dedication Oct. 26 during a medallion ceremony held in the Donald W. Reynolds School of Architecture Building. The event honored donors who have given to endowed faculty positions and professors who hold those positions during the ceremony. OSU gave both groups bronze medallions to signify their importance in establishing a standard of excellence in research and education.

“The faculty being recognized today are dedicated to advancing their fields of study and desire to share their knowledge with the next generation,” Crosby said. “The donors here are helping OSU move into a brighter future full of possibilities with their foresight and generosity.”

OSU President Burns Hargis welcomed guests and spoke about the impact these positions have on this land-grant institution. He told the audience the Spears School’s seven departments are each among the best of their kind in the nation.

“I am proud to be a graduate of this program, and I look forward to the advances we will make with the construction of a new building,” Hargis said. “We already have world-class instruction, and I’m thrilled to say we are well on our way to creating a world-class learning environment as well.”

He also called the Spears School of Business “one of our greatest assets as we endeavor to fulfill our land-grant mission of teaching, research and outreach.”

Larry Reece, associate athletic director for development and the stadium voice for OSU football and basketball, was the master of ceremonies. Robert Sternberg, provost and senior vice president, also welcomed the medallion recipients.

Crosby closed the event by reiterating that it represented a special day in the college’s history.

“The passion for our university and the commitment to its success is evident in all who have been honored today,” Crosby said. “I am proud to be associated with such an accomplished group within our college and I am more confident than ever that we are equipped to continue setting a new standard for excellence in business. I want to again extend my congratulations and personal gratitude to all of these honors. Thank you for establishing an even brighter future for Oklahoma State.”

Pictures from the ceremony are available here.


About the OSU Foundation
The Oklahoma State Foundation serves as the private fundraising organization for OSU, as designated by the OSU Regents. Its mission is to unite donor and university passions and priorities to achieve excellence.

About OSU
Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU is America’s Brightest Orange. Through leadership and service, OSU is preparing students for a bright future and building a brighter world for all. As Oklahoma’s only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research, and outreach. OSU has more than 37,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 240,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.

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