Oklahomans Keith Kisling, Joe Schulte and Doug Tippens have been announced as the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources recipients by Oklahoma State University.
“The successes of each stand as a testament to the positive influence our graduates can and do have in their chosen career fields and in their communities,” said Robert E. Whitson, vice president, dean and director of OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. “They embody a standard of sustained excellence to be held in the highest regard.”
Kisling earned his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural education from OSU in 1969. A native and still resident of Burlington, he is the owner and operator of Kisling Farms. He currently serves on and is past chairman of the Board of Directors for U.S. Wheat Associates. Kisling also serves as chairman of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, representing District 1, which includes Alfalfa, Garfield, Grant and Major counties.
He is renowned for his contributions to Oklahoma agriculture, particularly the wheat industry. Kisling is a past recipient of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission’s 2006 Life Award and the Distinguished Service to Oklahoma Agriculture Award from Oklahoma Farm Bureau. He has traveled to 17 countries to promote Oklahoma wheat, including four trips to Cuba and meetings with Fidel Castro.
Schulte is president and chief operating officer of Southwood Landscape & Nursery Company Inc. of Tulsa, a full-service garden center and landscape design operation with 50 to 90 fulltime, part-time and seasonal employees. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture and landscape design and Master of Science degree in ornamental horticulture from OSU in 1973 and 1975, respectively.
His firm has frequently hosted the Tulsa Extension Master Gardeners, provided resources for the development of the Linnaeus Garden in Tulsa and has been active in supporting OSU horticulture programs such as the “Oklahoma Gardening” TV show, Oklahoma Proven, workshops and student internships. Schulte has served as a board member and president of the Oklahoma Nursery and Landscape Association, and also has provided leadership on various committees as part of the national American Nursery and Landscape Association.
Tippens earned his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics from OSU in 1976. He currently serves as president and chief operating officer of Canadian State Bank, and is a past regional president of Gold Bank.Tippens is one of Oklahoma’s Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching delegates. CARET’s mission is to enhance national support and understanding of the land-grant university system.
A member of the OSU Board of Regents from 1992 to 1997, Tippens has served as chairman of the Oklahoma Bankers Association, a member of the Oklahoma City Federal Reserve Board and Oklahoma State Banking Board, and on the El Reno City Council.
The three 2010 Distinguished Alumnus in Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources recipients will be formally honored during OSU Homecoming activities Oct. 22-23.