Officials at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) announced Donne W. Pitman as one of three outstanding graduates of the college. Representing the College of Human Environmental Sciences, Pitman will be honored during NEO’s homecoming festivities on Sat., Oct. 11, 2014. This year’s homecoming theme is “There is No Place Like Homecoming.”
Pitman graduated with an associate’s degree from NEO and a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado University, where he played football. Pitman also did graduate studies at the University of Tulsa. Pitman is manager of Chapman Foundations Management, responsible for and managing all investments pertaining to Chapman Trusts as well as The Mary K. Chapman Estate. He began his career with the Chapman organization in 1963, building a career in oil and gas exploration and operations, banking, real estate, and equity management. “It is a privilege to honor Donne Pitman as one of our outstanding graduates,” said Jennifer Hessee, executive director of the NEO Development Foundation. “As a steward of the Chapman Foundation, Mr. Pitman has dedicated his career to supporting numerous charitable organizations and causes that work to improve quality of life.”
Currently, Pitman serves as Trustee of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa Boys’ Home, Trustee emeritus of the University of Tulsa, National Council member of the Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif., and Falcon Foundation Board at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. In 2009, Pitman was inducted into the NEO Athletic Hall of Fame. He played receiver for the Golden Norse and was a member of the 1959 championship team. He received recognition as an NJCAA All-American in 1960. Pitman also received the Carl Rigney Student Athlete Award at NEO for his outstanding traits in academics, leadership and athletic ability. Active in the Tulsa and Colorado Springs communities, where he maintains residences and manages both Chapman Foundation offices, Pitman has three children and has been married to his wife, Sandie, for 40 years.