Dr. Lawrence L. Boger

Dr. Lawrence L. Boger was honored as the first Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Fellow in recognition for enhancing Oklahoma State University’s reputation overseas and for bringing international culture to the OSU campus.

As Oklahoma State’s 14th president, Dr. Boger implemented many international initiatives, including a branch campus in Japan and an agricultural research project in Morocco. Before coming to OSU, he served as a professor and chair of the Department of Agricultural Economics in 1954, as dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in 1969, and as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Michigan State University.

His national service included chairing the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy and years of leadership on the boards of the American Agricultural Economics Association Foundation, the National 4-H Council and the Science and Technology for International Development of the National Research Council.

During World War II, Dr. Boger served overseas with the 26th Division, was wounded in action and received a medical discharge. He was decorated with a Presidential Citation, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and ETO Ribbon with stars, and earned the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University, a Master of Science degree in economics, and doctorate degrees in agricultural economics, economic theory and international trade; and statistics, both from Michigan State University.