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Hall of Fame 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

From right to left: Joseph Easton, Neal McCaleb, Jennifer Grigsby and, Susan and AJ Jacques

The OSU Alumni Association welcomed five new members to the Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Feb. 8 in the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center. The university’s highest honor celebrates outstanding lifetime achievement in society and professional life. This year’s honorees were Joseph Eastin, Jennifer M. Grigsby, AJ and Susan Jacques, and Neal McCaleb.

Joseph Eastin

Joseph Eastin graduated from OSU in 1992 with a degree in business administration. Eastin then went on to receive his master’s degree in business administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2015.

Eastin, ISN’s CEO, has been with the company since its inception in 2001. Headquartered in Dallas, ISN is a software and service company that manages and combines performance, safety and compliance data for oil and gas, manufacturing and other capital-intensive organizations. ISN has 600 employees and serves 70,000 companies in more than 80 countries. Eastin brought experience from the telecom, engineering software and energy industries in joining ISN.

Eastin also continues to give back to his alma maters and his community. He serves on several boards at OSU, the American Board at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Lamplighter School in Dallas. He has also served in multiple capacities with the Lone Star Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization, including education chair and then chairman in 2016.

Over the past few years, Eastin has been recognized and honored by OSU and the Dallas community. In 2012, Eastin was inducted into the OSU Spears School of Business Hall of Fame. He has been instrumental in establishing OSU’s Eastin/ISN Center for Career Readiness, providing students a professional development framework to enhance their competencies and career readiness. In 2018, Eastin was invited to join the prestigious Salesmanship Club in Dallas, a service organization dedicated to transforming kids’ lives.

During his leisure time, Eastin spends time with his wife, Monica, and four children. When he’s not coaching or cheering from the sidelines of his children’s extracurricular activities, Eastin is either enjoying the great outdoors or spending quality time with family and friends. He is also a life member of the OSU Alumni Association.

Joseph Eastin

"I had a great experience at OSU. It was great for me to get exposure to people from across the state and the country."

Joseph Eastin
Jennifer Grigsby

"I am very proud of my OSU education and the many doors that it has opened and continues to open for me professionally."

Jennifer M. Grigsby

Jennifer M. Grigsby

Jennifer M. Grigsby graduated from OSU in 1991 with a degree in accounting. She earned a master’s degree in business administration at Oklahoma City University in 1999 and currently is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ascent Resources LLC, an independent natural gas and oil company.

Grigsby began her career as an accountant for Deloitte & Touche LLP and Commander Aircraft Co. In 1995, she joined Chesapeake Energy and ultimately served as the company’s senior vice president of corporate and strategic planning and senior vice president, treasurer and corporate secretary. She went on to serve as CFO at American Energy – Woodford LLC and chief executive officer at American Energy – Minerals LLC. Grigsby is also a principal and co-founder of Amethyst Investments LLC, a passive financial investment company.

In the community, she serves on the board of directors of the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the United Way of Central Oklahoma, Leadership Oklahoma City, the Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City and CrossFirst Bankshares. She is also a member of the executive committee of the Dean’s Council for the Spears School of Business, the Eastin Center for Career Readiness Advisory Board and the OSU School of Accounting Advisory Board. Grigsby served as chair of the OSU Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2013-15 and chair of the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees from 2015-17.

Grigsby was inducted into the Wilton T. Anderson School of Accounting Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Spears School of Business Hall of Fame in 2013. One year later, she was recognized as one of the “100 for 100” graduates of the Spears School of Business and as a Distinguished Alumna by the Meinders School of Business at OCU.

Grigsby and her husband, Steve, reside in Edmond, Oklahoma, with their two sons, Reid, 18, and Jack, 15. She is a life member of the OSU Alumni Association.

AJ and Susan

Jacques

AJ and Susan Jacques both graduated from OSU in 1975 — Susan with a degree in recreation and AJ in agricultural economics. At OSU, AJ was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, and Susan was a member of Pi Beta Phi.

AJ had a successful career as an oil and gas producer and contractor for more than 35 years, including serving as the president of Atlas Drilling LLC in Woodward, Oklahoma. In addition to starting Atlas, AJ also started Cheyenne Drilling Company and built it into a multistate drilling operation with 17 rigs. Susan worked as a middle school teacher and received her middle school science degree from St. Mary of the Plains College in 1987.

The couple have volunteered on various boards and councils. Both are members of the OSU Board of Governors. AJ serves on the Alumni Board for Alpha Gamma Rho. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the Board of Trustees for the OSU Foundation. Susan is an active member of the Pi Phi Alumnae Club and the Friends of Music Board. She is also on the Events Committee for Women for OSU.

Over the years, AJ and Susan have been honored multiple times. The OSU Foundation recognized them as Proud & Immortal Society Inductees. They are also members of the OSU Heritage Society. AJ was honored as the Alpha Gamma Rho Outstanding Alumnus, and Susan was inducted into the OSU College of Education, Health and Aviation Hall of Fame in 2014. The couple has continued to contribute to OSU throughout the years, including gifts to the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, McKnight Center, OSU Athletics, and the College of Education, Health and Aviation.

AJ and Susan reside in Stillwater. They have two daughters and three grand-children. They are both life members of the OSU Alumni Association.

From left to right Susan and AJ Jacques

"The best choice, from the bottom of my heart, that I've ever made was deciding to come to Oklahoma State University."

Susan Jacques

"I've been blessed to have had the opportunity to attend and graduate from this fine university, which gave me a solid foundation on which to build a career."

AJ Jacques

 

Neal McCaleb

"To say I found myself at this institution is an understatement. I began to realize as a student here that I could achieve things beyond my modest capability."

Neal
McCaleb

Neal

McCaleb

Neal McCaleb graduated from OSU, then Oklahoma A&M, in 1957 with a degree in civil engineering. He has served as a civil engineer in both the private practice and public service forms for more than 60 years.

Upon graduation, McCaleb got involved with the Oklahoma interstate highway system. He joined the Oklahoma City Engineering Department as the assistant city engineer before starting his engineering consulting firm in 1961.

McCaleb served in many different roles for the state of Oklahoma over the next few decades, including being appointed the state’s first secretary of transportation by Gov. Henry Bellmon while still serving as the director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. While in this role, McCaleb oversaw turnpike expansion throughout the state.

In 2001, McCaleb was appointed as the assistant secretary of the interior by President George W. Bush. While serving in this position, McCaleb was the head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He advocated for the improvement of tribal nations through the implementation of tribal sovereignty and economic development.

This position allowed McCaleb to continue a passion he had pursued throughout his life — the advocacy of rights for American Indians with a focus on the Chickasaw Nation. In the 1960s, he served as the vice president of Oklahoma for Indian Opportunity and on the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission. He was later appointed to the National Council on Indian Opportunity by President Richard Nixon and the President’s Commission on Reservation Economics by President Ronald Reagan.

In addition to all of these contributions, McCaleb has served on the board of the Oklahoma Academy, including as chairman. He is also a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology Hall of Fame.

McCaleb and his wife, Georgeann, reside in Edmond, Oklahoma. They have four children and 13 grandchildren.


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