The Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award


Mrs. Sue Hackleman Taylor

Sue Hackleman Taylor

Sue Hackleman Taylor has achieved great honor and distinction as a community leader, as a supporter of numerous civic and philanthropic causes, and a loyal alumna of the OSU College of Human Environmental Sciences. Her activities included fifteen years of service as director and secretary of the Enid Publishing Company, publisher of the daily newspaper of Enid, Oklahoma. She also served in the same positions for the Enid Radiophone Company, which operates radio stations KCRC-AM and KNID-FM in Enid.

Active in numerous civic, educational, and service organizations, Mrs. Taylor is the past president and development chairperson for the Enid YWCA. In 1979, she was honored for her major contributions to this community organization by being named Enid YWCA "Woman of the Year." Among other community activities, Mrs. Taylor served as the Garfield County representative for the Oklahoma Blood Institute, president of the Domesticates Home Extension group, and treasurer of the Garfield County Extension Homemakers . Active in the First United Methodist Church of Enid, she currently serves on the church's administrative board. She also is past president of Chapter Q, PEO and is an alumna of Pi Beta Phi fraternity.

A 1984 graduate of the OSU College Home Economics (now the College of Human Environmental Sciences), Mrs. Taylor returned to complete her bachelor's degree in child development and family relations after raising a family of four. She also was named to both Omicron Nu and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Mrs. Taylor continued to demonstrate her loyalty and dedication to her alma mater, serving as first vice-president of College of Human Environmental Sciences (CHES) alumni organization and now as an executive board member of the CHES Associates.

A 1990 recipient of the OSU Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award, Mrs. Taylor serves with distinction on the OSU Foundation Board of Governors and is a member of the Foundation's Henry G. Bennett Society. She also is a Life Member of both the OSU Presidents Club and the OSU Alumni Association.

Mrs. Taylor chaired the 1989 Greater University Fund drive to raise private and corporate dollars for scholarships and other university projects. She and her husband, John, are donors and strong supporters of the College of Human Environmental Sciences. Taylor's Dining Room, a major instructional facility of the College's School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration, is named in their honor.

Year of Award: 1993