An endowed faculty chair has been established at Oklahoma State University (OSU) to honor the legacy of the famous rodeo man, cowboy and Oklahoma congressman. Ron Kensinger, head of the OSU Department of Animal Science, says the Clem McSpadden Chair in Agricultural Youth Leadership “will benefit the department of animal science by having a faculty member who will focus on developing the next generation of outstanding leaders for agriculture.”

McSpadden, a Chelsea, OK native and 1948 OSU animal husbandry graduate, was a championship roper and professional rodeo announcer who went on to serve Oklahoma as a state and federal lawmaker before his death last year to cancer. He’s also credited with helping start country singer Reba McEntire’s career by booking her to sing the national anthem at the National Finals Rodeo.

For more info on the Clem McSpadden Chair in Agricultural Youth Leadership or to make a gift, contact Kathy McNally at 405-744-7964 or kmcnally@OSUgiving.com.