The Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award


Mr. H. C. "Ladd" Hitch, Jr.
Former Member, OSU Board of Regents

Mr. H.C. "Lad" Hitch

Mr. H. C. "Ladd" Hitch, Jr.

Ladd Hitch graduated from OSU in 1939, with a B.S. degree in agriculture. Following service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he returned to the family ranch near Guymon, where, in partnership with his father, he became a nationally recognized leader in developing the feedlot industry. Today, as Chairman of the Board of Hitch Enterprises, Inc., Mr. Hitch oversees a number of diverse enterprises that range from the production of more than 350,00 fed cattle each year in three commercial feedyards to commodities, mills, veterinary services, farming and ranching operations.

Through the years, Mr. Hitch has received numerous awards for his outstanding contributions to agriculture. Most recently, he was named Cattle businesssman of the Year for 1989 by the National Cattlemen's Association. Among his other numerous distinctions are recognition as Stockman of the Century by the Record Stockman in Denver, Man of the Year in Oklahoma Agriculture by Progressive Farmer Magazine, and National Beef Feeder in the Commercial category by Feedlot Magazine.

Ladd Hitch has also aided humanitarian causes, serving on boards of trustees for such nonprofit organizations as the Methodist Homes in Tahlequah and Tulsa, the Memorial United Methodist Church in Guymon, and the National cowboy Hall of Fame. He also has served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Oklahoma State Fair and on the board of directors for the University of Oklahoma Research Institute and the Oklahoma Medical Foundation.

At OSU, Mr. Hitch has been recognized as an Animal Science Graduate of Distinction and served on the OSU Board of Regents from 1963 to 1971. In 1971, Mr. Hitch was named to the OSU Alumni Hall of Fame, and he currently serves on the OSU Centennial Advisory Commission.

Through achievements in the cattle industry and agriculture, as well as humanitarian activities, Henry C. "Ladd" Hitch, Jr., has brought prestige, honor, and national recognition to himself, to his family, and to Oklahoma State University.

Year of Award: 1989