$6 Million Donated to Study Abroad

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Distinguished Oklahoma State University (OSU) alumnus Donald Humphreys and his wife Cathey have donated $6 million to support the study abroad program within OSU’s School of International Studies. “Today’s students must understand what drives global business success,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “They must know how to work and succeed in different cultures. The best way for students to gain the knowledge and skills to succeed globally is to study abroad.”

The gift funds several endowed faculty chairs and student scholarships in the OSU School of International Studies. The immediate impact stretches beyond $6 million to $14 million because of matches from the $100 million chair challenge and $100 million scholarship challenge gifts pledged by OSU alumnus T. Boone Pickens.

“During a three-year period in my career, my family and I lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. That experience gave us a deep appreciation for the importance of knowing how to conduct business across different customs, geography and politics,” said Donald Humphreys, a senior executive at Exxon Mobil Corp. “For students at Oklahoma State to be genuinely prepared to work in today’s increasingly interdependent world, they must have opportunities to study in other countries.”

“Dr. David Henneberry, Associate Vice President of International Studies & Outreach, said “The field of international studies has become more important than ever for today’s OSU student. Our study abroad program at OSU is an incredible way for our students to learn through firsthand, real-life experiences. We are very grateful to the Humphreys for their gift.”

(excerpted from OSU News Release. For complete article, click here…)

Donald and Cathey Humphreys
Donald and Cathey Humphreys
Many OSU students who have studied abroad attended the historic announcement.
Many OSU students who have studied abroad attended the historic announcement.
Dr. David Henneberry, Interim Associate VP of International Studies & Outreach
Dr. David Henneberry, Interim Associate VP of International Studies & Outreach
Dr. Robert Sternberg, OSU Provost & Senior Vice President
Dr. Robert Sternberg, OSU Provost & Senior Vice President
OSU President Burns Hargis
OSU President Burns Hargis
Jeremy Bennett, OSU Student, tells the crowd how much his perspective of the world was enhanced through his study abroad experiences.
Jeremy Bennett, OSU Student, tells the crowd how much his perspective of the world was enhanced through his study abroad experiences.
Janina Graves, OSU student, tells the crowd how important scholarships were in finally helping her to achieve her goal to study abroad.
Janina Graves, OSU student, tells the crowd how important scholarships were in finally helping her to achieve her goal to study abroad.