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2011 Distinguished Alumni - Alumni Association

2011 Distinguished Alumni - Alumni Association

The Oklahoma State University Alumni Association recognizes Distinguished Alumni for professional achievement and community service. This year the prestigious award was presented to two of our Agricultural Education Alumni, Mr. Kent Boggs and Mr. Donald E. Ramsey.

KENT BOGGS of Stillwater, Okla., graduated from OSU with a bachelor's degree in agricultural education in 1978. While at OSU, he received the Outstanding Student Teacher Award. After graduation, Boggs joined the faculty at Marlow High School in Marlow, Okla., as an agricultural education instructor.

In 1980, Boggs became an agricultural education instructor at Elgin High School in Elgin, Okla., where he taught for five years before joining the Oklahoma FFA Association as the State FFA Executive Secretary. He is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing the leadership component of the student organization which includes state officers, membership development, marketing and public relations, conventions, contests and awards.

Boggs currently serves on the State FFA Executive Committee, the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association and the Oklahoma FFA Foundation. He is a member of the Oklahoma Agricultural Education Teachers Association, the National Association of Agricultural Educators and the Southwest American Livestock Foundation, Inc.

Boggs became an honorary member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity in 2007, was awarded the Distinguished Service to Oklahoma Agriculture Award by the Oklahoma Farm Bureau in 2009 and the Arch Alexander Award for Outstanding Contributions to Career Tech Education in 2010. In 2009, OSU Ag-Ed Scholarship, Inc. established the Kent Boggs Endowed Trust in his honor.

Boggs is a life member of the National FFA Alumni and the OSU Alumni Association.

DONALD E. RAMSEY of Jones, Okla., is a graduate from Dale High School and Oklahoma A&M, where he earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural education in 1950. In 1962, he received his master's degree in guidance and counseling from Central State University.

While at A&M, Ramsey won the Little International Swine Management and Showmanship Contest in 1948 and was president of his agricultural education graduating class. After graduating, Ramsey became a vocational agriculture instructor before being drafted into the U.S. Army.

In 1954, he returned to teaching vocational agriculture in Alfalfa, Okla. Ramsey taught vocational agriculture for 20 years, the majority in Jones, Okla., before founding the Blue & Gold Sausage Co. in 1970. For 10 years, Ramsey served as a director and officer for the Dale Rogers Training Center, beginning in 1978. Ramsey was named an Oklahoma 4-H and FFA Livestock Show Honoree in 1984.

Ramsey served on the school board for Jones Public Schools for 6 years and served as president of several organizations, including the Sirloin Club of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Vocational Technology Foundation and the Southwest American Livestock Foundation.

In 1993, Ramsey was inducted into the Vocational Technology Foundation Hall of Fame and received the Distinguished Agriculture Alumnus Award from the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in 2001. Ramsey is a life member of the National FFA Alumni and the OSU Alumni Association.

Click here to view the full list of names and biographies of the 2011OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients.

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