OSU President Kayse Shrum and First Cowboy Darren Shrum were given the positions of grand marshals of OSU’s homecoming festivities for 2022 from the OSU Alumni Association.
In 2021, Shrum made history as the first woman to lead a public research institution in Oklahoma when she was appointed in 2021. Before taking office as OSU’s 19th president, she served as president of the OSU Center for Health Sciences. Her appointment in 2013 made her the youngest and first female president and dean of a medical school in the state.
Darren Shrum is an entrepreneur and salesman. His business successes range from opening a 12,000 square-foot fitness center in Muskogee to starting FTD Motors, LLC. He has a heart for giving back and is a servant leader when it comes to OSU. He participates in projects and campaigns that make OSU and Stillwater a better place. He also has been involved in supporting groups such as Payne County Youth Services, Special Olympics Oklahoma and Big Brothers Big Sisters for a long time.
“The Shrums have already had an incredible impact on the university in just over a year’s time,” said Ann Caine, OSU Alumni Association president. “With this year’s theme celebrating Cowboy heroes, now was the perfect time to recognize President Shrum and First Cowboy Darren as Homecoming grand marshals.”
This year’s homecoming theme, ‘Hats Off to Cowboy Heroes,’ has been chosen to celebrate people who serve, persevere, discover, lead and learn with dedication and compassion.
“The history of Oklahoma State is full of heroes from many different walks of life,” President Shrum said. “It is a great honor to represent all these heroes as this year’s grand marshals for America’s Greatest Homecoming. Darren and I can’t wait for the festivities to start next month.”
The grand marshals’ job will include being involved in several homecoming week activities. The Shrums will take part in the Sea of Orange Parade and the presentation of homecoming awards during the Texas vs. OSU football game, just to name a few. Events and kickoff to America’s Greatest Homecoming are set to begin on Sunday, Oct. 16 with the sign competition and orange fountain dyeing in front of Edmon Low Library, which is also when the Homecoming King and Queen for 2022 will be crowned. For more information regarding cowboy homecoming, please visit orangeconnection.org/homecoming.