Hall of Fame

The College of Arts & Sciences honors and celebrates alumni who embody the qualities that make Oklahoma State University an extraordinary place to learn and grow. The inductees are College of Arts & Sciences alumni who are recognized by their department as Distinguished Alumni for demonstrating excellence and leadership in their careers and making significant contributions through distinguished service.

Tom Daxon

  Oklahoma native Tom Daxon earned a B.A. degree in economics in 1970 and a M.S. degree in geography in 1978 from OSU. Daxon also earned his C.P.A. certificate between the two degrees. With these tools, Daxon became a nationally recognized expert in state and local government finance. In 1978, Daxon put his master’s thesis – Spatial …

Anita Hill

The youngest of 13 children from a farm in Oklahoma, Anita Hill received her juris doctor degree from Yale Law School in 1980. She began her career at a private law practice in Washington, D.C. There she also worked at the U.S. Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1989, Hill became the first …

Gaute Vik, Ph.D.

Gaute Vik graduated as candidatus realium in applied mathematics from University of Bergen, Norway, in 1978. He was employed by the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment, providing studies as basis for the Norwegian Parliament to decide on Defense Structure and long-term budgets. In 1982, he was awarded a fellowship from the Norwegian Government to study at …

RANDY COUTURE

Randy Couture is known as “The Natural” in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) circles & a “jackof-all-trades” as a writer, broadcaster, & actor in the TV & film industry. Couture is also an OSU Cowboy, having graduated from OSU in 1992 with his B.A. in German. At OSU, he is more well known as a three-time …

GREGORY QUARLES, Ph.D.

Dr. Gregory James Quarles is an experienced Chief Executive Officer, Board Member & renowned physicist with 25 years of experience driving cutting-edge laser, optics & photonics technology development & operations globally. Dr. Quarles attended OSU after receiving the Carl & Gladys Herrington President’s Distinguished Scholarship in 1979. He earned a dual B.S. in Mathematics & …

SARAH COBURN

Sarah Coburn is captivating international audiences with her “precision placement, mercury speed, and a gorgeous liquid gold tone, gilded by a thrilling top and bottom register” (The Globe and Mail). Her 2016-2017 season includes Adèle in Le comte Ory with Seattle Opera, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera San Antonio, and a role …

BOB BLACKBURN, Ph.D.

Bob Blackburn, a native Oklahoman, has served as executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society since 1999. He joined the OHS in 1980 as editor of The Chronicles of Oklahoma & became deputy director for agency operations in 1990. Blackburn is a 1973 graduate of Southwest OSU, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree …

Bradford Gray

Bradford H. Gray, Ph.D., graduated from OSU with a bachelor’s degree in business (1964) and a master’s degree in sociology (1966). He moved to Washington D.C. as a member of the inaugural class of U.S. Office of Education Fellows. He received his doctorate in sociology from Yale University in 1973. He is a Senior Fellow …

Ziva Branstetter

Ziva Branstetter entered journalism school at Oklahoma State University where she became well known for her unwavering investigative journalism skills. Upon graduation, she took her enthusiasm to the Tulsa Tribune, where she covered crime and politics. In 1992, she and her husband moved to Philadelphia where she worked at the Daily News for a few …

Edwin Chappabitty

Dr. Edwin Chappabity graduated from OSU with a Bachelor of Science in zoology. He was also a member of Scabbard and Blade for the OSU Army ROTC. He has gone on to demonstrate incredible support for Native American education, a record of distinguished service to his country and to the field of medicine, and has …