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Alumni: Troy Morris

By Alexandria Trujillo, Panhandle State Collegian on 11/15/2016

Goodwell, Okla. — For over 100 years, Oklahoma Panhandle State University has been unleashing its extremely capable and credible graduates into the world. Each of its graduates has a fulfilling and enriching education under their belt that has opened many doorways to even bigger and better opportunities. Panhandle State has been the foundation for many eccentric lives.

One of the graduates who has managed to create a very successful life for himself is Troy Morris. Mr. Morris was born in Balko, Okla. where he spent his youth and attended high school. His father attended Panhandle State for three years in Vocational Agriculture, where he developed many strong ties, friendships and connections. This motivated Troy Morris to follow in his footsteps, so he began his college journey in the fall of 1980.

Mr. Morris was a double major in Accounting and Computer Information Systems. Not only was he an accomplished student, but he was also very involved in activities and organizations on campus. He served some time as the Student Senate President, was the president of his class for three years, played in the band, was a livestock judge, performed in plays, was involved in vocational agriculture, and much more.

He graduated in 1984 and still has great things to say about the university. When asked what his favorite thing about Panhandle was, he said, “I like that you’re able to get involved in activities and have small class sizes and direct contact with instructors. OPSU has the opportunity to provide so much more to a student than even bigger schools.”

After graduating, Morris worked at an elevator in Spearman, Texas. For the past 28 years he has been working at Dean Cluck Feedyard where he is the CFO and Controller at their corporate office in Amarillo, Texas. He is also a Certified Public Accountant since 1991.

Reminiscing on a funny story, he stated, “Since 1999 I have been a major supporter of the programming team [AITP]. Things [as a CIS major] are very different for students in this day and age. I remember during my senior year there were four personal computers placed in the library which I never had the time or opportunity to utilize. There was a PC on desk at my first job that I had to learn to turn on.”

Since then, he has successfully completed his MBA in General Business Administration in 2015 and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Accounting. Morris is also continuing to be involved with Panhandle State through the Alumni Association and Panhandle State Association. The Alumni Association recognized him in the Alumni Hall of Fame in 2003. He was also recognized as an Outstanding Contributor by the PSU Foundation in 2013. He served seven years as the President of the Alumni Association and is the current president of the PSU Association.

Troy Morris, OPSU Class of 1984, is one of the many great and notable alumni that our university has produced. We are proud to see what he has accomplished and we are honored to have had him attend Panhandle State.