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OSU Alumni Association president retires after 30 years

Larry Shell

Larry Shell

STILLWATER– Larry Shell, who has served his alma mater for three decades in many capacities will step down in November 1.

Shell has been the Alumni Association’s president since 2009 after serving as the organization’s vice president since 1990. Prior to his work there he served for eight years as the university’s first dedicated constituent fundraiser for the College of Agriculture with the OSU Foundation.

“I could not have asked for a better opportunity than was given to me while working at OSU,” Shell said. “It has been a privilege getting to travel across the country meeting great OSU alumni.”

Shell, a native of Glencoe graduated from OSU with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education in 1970. After graduating, he and his wife, Christy, lived in Dora, N.M. and Fairview, Okla. where Shell worked as a vocation agriculture teacher.

He went on to earn his master’s degree in agricultural education from OSU in 1982 and also served as the executive secretary of the Oklahoma FFA before beginning his long career with OSU.

“We appreciate Larry’s many years of dedicated service to Oklahoma State University,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “He has been a loyal and respected ambassador for our university.”

The Alumni Association plans to celebrate the career and achievements of its president at Larry Shell Recognition Day at the Cowboy Corral, which is Saturday, October 5 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center. Shell will be recognized at the Cowboy Corral Pep Rally two-and-a-half hours prior to kickoff, with a reception for alumni, family and friends who wish to share memories and well wishes to follow. For more information, visit http://orangeconnection.org/shell.