New Membership and Marketing Director
The Oklahoma State University Alumni Association is proud to welcome Stillwater native Phillip Gahagans as the new director of membership and marketing for the organization.
Gahagans earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Arkansas where his parents moved following his graduation from Stillwater High School. He’s spent five years working with the Arkansas Alumni Association and is excited to retire his Razorback red for his first love – OSU orange.
“I don’t think I could be any more excited about returning to Stillwater,” Gahagans said. “This city and Oklahoma State played a huge role in my life growing up, and I’m honored to serve the alumni and friends of this university. Even though I left Stillwater, I made it a point to wear my orange every chance I could.”
In his new position, Gahagans will oversee the Alumni Association’s membership program as well as marketing for other programs including chapters and the Official OSU Class Ring. One of his first duties will be to guide the Alumni Association through the end of its one-year Life Membership Fire Sale, which concludes June 30.
“Phillip wore many hats at Arkansas, and he has a great understanding of the unique opportunities and challenges facing alumni relations today,” said OSU Alumni Association President Larry Shell. “We’ve had a lot of success in recent years in both membership and programming, and I’m excited to see Phillip take us to new heights.”
Gahagans hasn’t wasted any time in his first two weeks on the job. He has already begun promoting membership to incoming freshmen at New Student Orientations and has traveled to the Altus Cowboy Caravan to meet OSU alumni and friends in southwest Oklahoma.
“It’s never been questioned that OSU has some of the most passionate, supportive alumni and friends in the nation,” Gahagans said. “The OSU Alumni Association has done a wonderful job with their programs and creative ideas to keep alumni and friends connected to the university.
“I’m excited about working with an extremely talented, hardworking staff, and for the challenge and opportunity to take the different programs and membership to another level.”
Phillip’s wife, Rachael, is also a Stillwater native. The couple have a five-year-old daughter named Jaelyn.