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OSU remembers the man and the legend whose gifts to academics and athletics transformed our university.

The Pickens legacy

Boone Pickens is arguably OSU's (and the state's) most visible personality. His various endeavors and colorful demeanor have been chronicled on the covers of most American business publications and by some of the most-watched television programs in the country.

Larger than life

The Boone Pickens story began on May 22, 1928, in Holdenville, a small town in eastern Oklahoma.

By the numbersBoone's lasting impact will be experienced for years to come by OSU students, alumni, donors and fans.

$652 million
Total OSU giving

 benefiting academic and athletic programs

OSU Geology Program


The Cowboy Family is invited to join the conversation and share your favorite memories of Boone on social media using the hashtag #RememberingBoone

Burns Hargis

“All of us in the Oklahoma State University family are deeply saddened by the passing of Boone Pickens. At the same time, we join in celebrating his incredible life. He was the ultimate Cowboy. It is impossible to calculate his full impact on Oklahoma State. His historic gifts to academics and athletics not only transformed the university, they inspired thousands of others to join in the transformation. OSU will not be the same without the legendary Boone Pickens, but his mark on our university will last forever.”

Mike Holder

"The greatest Cowboy of them all has taken his last ride. It will never be the same again. We could never thank him enough for all that he did for our university. He gave us everything he had and all that he asked in return was that we play by the rules and dream big. He was living proof that anything is possible if you're wearing orange. 'Great ride Cowboy, great ride!'"

Mike Gundy

"Mr. Pickens is a big part of our success and we’re all thankful for the lasting impact he’s had on Oklahoma State. It would have been difficult for us to climb as high as we have without him. He’ll be missed, but his legacy here will live on for a long time to come."



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