Cornerstone Donor Dr. Barry Pollard to name Ag Sciences Gallery
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Neurosurgeon, business owner and proud alumnus Dr. Barry Pollard is excited for the future of OSU Agriculture. He, along with his company, are among a prestigious group of Cornerstone Donors who have given $1 million or more to the New Frontiers campaign, which will create a new teaching, research and Extension facility for OSU Agriculture.
“I felt it was time for an updated facility to help recruit and house future professors, researchers, and students to Oklahoma State University,” the 1973 alumnus and owner of P&K Equipment said. “The current structure is outdated and there is a definite need to provide a new structure for the continued success of Oklahoma State University as a national leader in agricultural education.”
P&K Equipment GM Scott Eisenhauer (left) with company owner Dr. Barry Pollard
A groundbreaking celebration for the building is scheduled for April 23 on OSU’s campus. One of the facility’s premier spaces, the ag sciences gallery, will be named the Barry Pollard MD/P&K Equipment Gallery in recognition of his significant gift.
“We have strong ties to Oklahoma State University and agriculture in Oklahoma and want to be part of this progressive plan,” he said of P&K Equipment. “Our leadership bleeds orange and we have many great employees who are graduates of Oklahoma State University.”
The Barry Pollard MD/P&K Equipment Gallery will be located inside the building’s main entrance. Furnished with moveable seating, the flexible space is designed to support the Student Success Center’s outreach events, student club and organization recruitment fairs, special displays and events.
Pollard said the space exemplifies his company’s characteristics and culture, specifically focusing on the importance of building relationships and open communication. The gallery also allows P&K Equipment to emphasize its support and investment in the future of agriculture in Oklahoma.
“We all look for that sparkle and excitement in the student’s eyes when they see the future of agriculture education at Oklahoma State University. We also look forward to seeing the faculty and staff work together in this new environment that allows for the free exchange of ideas and thoughts to further enhance agriculture research,” he said. “With the opening of this facility the future will look even brighter for the university with ‘The Brightest Orange.’”