To be appointed to the Board of Governors of the OSU Foundation, candidates have to be nominated by someone currently serving on the board. Typically, nominees have been involved in raising funds for the foundation or assisting Oklahoma State University in its academic efforts. A nominee must be approved by the Board of Trustees, which is the governing board of the Foundation.
“Over the years, I have served as bond counsel on over a dozen bond financings for various projects on the OSU campuses,” Hawkins said. “In addition, my wife Brenda and I established an endowed scholarship in memory of our son Andrew, who graduated from OSU in 2007.”
The foundation’s primary purpose is to raise funds for OSU, invest these funds prudently and maximize the support given to OSU by its alumni and current and prospective donors. These funds are critical for OSU as it fulfills its land grant mission to provide access to education for students, by providing scholarships, he said.
The OSU Foundation started in 1961 with one officer raising a few thousand dollars and growing to now exceeding $1 billion in total donations.
“As OSU’s needs have broadened, so has the fundraising mission of the foundation,” Hawkins said. “Gifts through the Foundation have provided hundreds of millions of dollars for buildings, scholarships, graduate fellowships, laboratory and classroom equipment, endowed faculty positions, lectureships and many other University programs.”
To learn more about the OSU Foundation or to contribute, visit osugiving.com.