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OSU Regent Jarold Callahan speaks at the inauguration of OSU President Kayse Shrum.

OSU A&M Board of Regents, OSU President Shrum release statements in response to the passing of Regent Jarold Callahan

Sunday, December 24, 2023

Statement from the OSU A&M Board of Regents:

The passing of OSU/A&M Regent Jarold Callahan profoundly saddens us. Regent Callahan has served on the Board since his appointment in 2016 with unwavering dedication, carrying out his responsibilities professionally and thoughtfully. His extensive knowledge of higher education from his service as a faculty member at NEO and OSU and his expertise in agriculture was a true asset to his role as a Regent. His strong commitment to advancing agricultural knowledge and making an impact in our state will be remembered and cherished.

Regent Callahan’s legacy of service and his contributions to advancing the mission of each university and college governed by the OSU/A&M Board will continue to inspire and benefit future generations. 

We offer our deepest condolences to his family, friends, former students, and colleagues during this difficult time.


Statement from OSU President Kayse Shrum:

On behalf of the entire Cowboy family, we express our sincere condolences on the passing of OSU/A&M Regent Jarold Callahan. 

Jarold was a fierce advocate for higher education and changed thousands of students’ lives through his leadership on the OSU/A&M Board of Regents. From his years as a faculty member to his decades of dedication to the agriculture industry, Jarold lived by the Cowboy Code and always worked to do what was right — even if it wasn’t easy. He lived a life of character and inspired all of us who knew and had the honor of working with him. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Jennifer, and the Callahan family, and we hope the peace of the season will provide them comfort. Jarold was a true Cowboy, and we will miss him.

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