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Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College alum and A&M Board of Regents chairman Jarold Callahan was selected as the 378th member of the prestigious Saddle and Sirloin Club, the highest international honor for leaders in the livestock industry.

Callahan graduated from NEO in 1974. He was active in Rodeo Club and president of the Aggie Society. After graduating in the top ten at Oklahoma State University in 1976, he returned to NEO and coached the Livestock Judging team to frequent championships through 1982. He won the Dobson Award for Outstanding Teacher in 1978.

Known as the livestock industry Hall of Fame, the Saddle and Sirloin Club is the most extensive collection of portraits celebrating animal agriculture leaders worldwide.

Officials will unveil Callahan’s portrait during the induction banquet on November 14, 2023, during the North American Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Saddle and Sirloin Club of influential figures was originally headquartered on the top floor of the Purebred Livestock Records Building in Chicago, Illinois, in the early 1900s. Livestock men would gather on the top floor over sirloin steak or a saddle of lamb, leading to the name.

Callahan is President of Express Ranches, a large purebred and commercial ranching operation headquartered in Yukon, Oklahoma, and owner-operator of Callahan Cattle Company with operations in Oklahoma, Blaine, and Craig Counties.

Callahan was appointed by Governor Mary Fallin in 2016 and reappointed by Governor Fallin in 2018 to serve as a member of the A&M Board of Regents. He received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from OSU and a master’s degree in animal science from the University of Arkansas in 1980.

For more information, contact the executive assistant to the president Kendra Cummins at kendra.cummins@neo.edu or 918-540-6201.

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