Distinguished Alumni

The six 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award honorees were honored at the OSU football game on Sept. 19, 2015. From left: OSU President Burns Hargis, Greg Massey, AJ and Susan Jacques, Helen Hodges, Joe Eastin, Myles Deering, MG and OSU Alumni Association President Chris Batchelder.

The OSU Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who attain distinctive success in his or her chosen field or profession, and perform outstanding service to their community. The 2016 Distinguished Alumni Honorees are listed below.

MYLES DEERING, MG (USA Retired) Maj. Gen. Myles Deering grew up in Ada, Okla. Where he attended East Central University and met his wife, Pam. After being drafted, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve and was eventually commissioned as Infantry Second Lieutenant in the 36th Airborne Brigade. After working outside the military as a Tandy store manager and an oil an gas landman, Deering returned to the national Guard full time in 1984. During his time in the military, he served as Director of Plans, the Chief of the Joint Staff for the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard Joint headquarters, and commanded the 45th Infantry Brigade. While Working full-time, Deering received his master’s degree in natural and applied sciences from OSU in 1996. In 2005, he served as Commander of the Oklahoma National Guard’s Joint Task Force to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. For his work in Louisiana, Deering received numerous awards. He commanded the 45th Infantry brigade in 2007 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was promoted to major General. Deering now serves as the Adjutant General for the Oklahoma National Guard and the Executive Director for he Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs. He resides in Oklahoma City with his wife, Pam. They have one son, Daniel. Deering is a life member of the OSU Alumni Association.


JOE EASTIN Joe Eastin, president and CEO of ISN, is a 1992 graduate of OSU with a degree in business administration. ISN is a platform business that manage performance, safety and compliance data for oil and gas organizations. It has grown from three employees in 2001 to more than 500 employees worldwide. Eastin cites his time at OSU with preparing him for his future endeavors. Since graduating, OSU has continued to be an integral part of Eastin’s life. He serves on the board of the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship, the OSU Foundation Board of Governors and the advisory board of OSU Eastin/ISN Center for Talent Development. Eastin was also recognized by the Spears School of Business with its 100 For 100 Tribute. He and his wife, Monica, reside in Dallas with their four children: Nick, Alexandra, Kate and Arie. Eastin is a life member of the OSU Alumni Association.


HELEN HODGES Hodges grew up on a farm outside of Hennessey, Okla. Both her parent were Oklahoma A&M graduates, and when Hodges headed off to college, it was her pragmatic father who encourage her to major in accounting rather than political science. She was a member of the Flying Aggies before graduating from OSU in 1979. Hodges went on to obtain her law degree and was the managing editor fo the Law Review. Upon graduation, from law school, she took a job as a staff accountant with Arthur Andersen. Hodges credits her time there as invaluable training for her future. She went on to serve as the law clerk for the Penn Square bank cases. Beginning in 2001, Hodges helped prosecute the securities fraud case on behalf of Enron investors, which received a record recovery of $7.2 billion. She says her accounting degree played a large part in understanding the intricacies of the case. Hodges resides in San Diego and has received the Top Lawyer in San Diego and Super Lawyer honors. She has served on the OSU Foundation Board of Trustee since 2016. Hodges is a life member of the OSU Alumni Association.

AJ and SUSAN JACQUES AJ and Susan Jacques both graduated from OSU in 1975. Susan earned a degree in recreation and AJ in agricultural economics. The couple met on a blind date and were active on campus and in their Greek houses. The Jacques went on to great successes in their professional lives as well. AJ served as the president of Atlas Drilling while Susan worked as a middle school teacher. Susan was inducted into the OSU College of Education Hall of Fame in 2014 and currently serves as the Women for OSU events chair. AJ serves on the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees and the alumni board of Alpha Gamma Rho. Together, the couple has endowed two chair in agricultural economics and two professorships in special education. In 2016, the Jacques moved back to Stillwater after living in Kansas, Ft. Worth and Woodward, Okla. The couple has two daughters, Elizabeth Munroe and Jennifer Flanery. The Jacques are life members of the OSU Alumni Association.

GREG MASSEY
Greg Massey graduated from OSU in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. During his time at OSU, he worked at Stillwater National Bank and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. In 2014, Massey was recognized by the Spears School of Business as one of the 100 for 100, and in 2008, Ernst & Young named him Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southwest Region Financial Service Division. He is the COO of First United Bank in Durant, Okla., which operates more than 60 locations throughout Oklahoma and Texas. Massey has served on the OSU Alumni Association Board of Directors and the OSU/A&M Board of Regents. He resides in Durant with his wife, Kay, and has three children – Blake, Brooke and Corbin. Massey believes OSU was a stepping stone in life to help him lead his organization with the motto “Spend Life Wisely” impacting and changing the lives of their employees, customers and communities. He is a life member of the OSU Alumni Association.

Past Distinguished Alumni Honorees

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