At 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, a portion of State Highway 51 will be dedicated as Boone Pickens Memorial Highway in honor of the late T. Boone Pickens, a champion of the energy industry and ardent Oklahoma State University supporter. 


OSU dignitaries, along with friends and family of Pickens, will celebrate the dedication with a ceremony at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater.


During the recent legislative session, the Oklahoma Legislature voted to rename the portion of Highway 51 beginning at the intersection of Country Club Road in Stillwater and extending west to the intersection of Karsten Creek Road in Payne County. Sen. Tom Dugger was the original author of the bill, which was included in the omnibus highway naming bill. 


Pickens passed away on Sept. 11, 2019. He has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading philanthropists with a total giving impact of more than $1 billion. Oklahoma State was a significant beneficiary of that philanthropy, with a giving total of about $500 million, split between academics and athletics.


WHAT: Boone Pickens Memorial Highway dedication ceremony


WHEN: 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11 


WHERE: Karsten Creek Golf Club — 1800 Memorial Dr., Stillwater, Oklahoma


DETAILS: The dedication ceremony will include comments from Rep. John Talley and Sen. Tom Dugger, as well as OSU President Kayse Shrum, OSU Director of Athletics Emeritus Mike Holder and Senior Associate Athletic Director Larry Reece. Family members and business colleagues will be available for interviews immediately following the dedication ceremony.


RSVP: The event is not open to the public, but media are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to


MEDIA CONTACT: Mack Burke | Associate Director of Media Relations | 405-744-5540 | 


Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 33,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and more than 100 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 275,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.