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Alumni Association Announces 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees

Panhandle State Communications on 03/28/2022

The Panhandle State Association of Alumni and Friends is excited to announce the selection of the 2022 Alumni Ambassador Hall of Fame Inductees, Dr. Russell Edenborough and Dr. Tim Faltyn. The induction ceremony will be held on April 23rd in the Student Union Ballroom.

Alumni Association President Diane Murphey said, “I am excited to be part of the Alumni Association’s recognition of the contributions of Dr. Russel Edenborough and Dr. Tim Faltyn to the legacy of Panhandle State with their induction into the Alumni Ambassador Hall of Fame.”

Dr. Russell Edenborough graduated from Panhandle State in 1966 with a bachelor’s in Business Administration. He went on to receive his master’s in 1967 and doctorate in 1975 from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Edenborough became a certified public accountant in 1975. In that same year, he became a partner of Edenborough & Edenborough, which he still serves at in Goodwell today. Dr. Edenborough continued to give back to the university by becoming a faculty member in 1968. In his 28 years at Panhandle State, he served as professor, head of the accounting department, and Dean of Business. He was awarded the Accounting Instructor of the Year from the Oklahoma Society of CPAs in 1992.

Dr. Edenborough has been an active member of the Panhandle State Foundation Board of Directors since 1995. He has been married to Judy for 59 years, and they have two sons, Rusty and Roger. Rusty married his wife, Julie, and Roger married Shelley, and together have given Russell and Judy seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He is joined in the 2022 Hall of Fame induction by Dr. Tim Faltyn who served as Panhandle State’s 15th President for five years. As the fourth generation of a ranching family and first-generation college graduate, Dr. Faltyn has received degrees from Central New Mexico, the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and post-doctoral training at Harvard University.

During his time as President, Dr. Faltyn helped OPSU achieve record-setting community support and external funding. While he counts his time on campus teaching American Government in the classroom among his favorite moments, he is recognized for being instrumental in helping position Panhandle State in the top 10 of multiple national rankings, most notably the U.S. News and World Report, Top 5 Public Colleges in the Western Region. Faltyn is a Carnegie US Professor of the Year Award winner and was recently inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society Hall of Fame. Dr. Faltyn and his wife, Dr. Kelly Faltyn, have two sons, Max and Rex. When they are not busy working, you can find the family saddling up to ride horses or enjoying the outdoors.

OPSU Interim President, Dr. Ryan Blanton commented, “We are proud to recognize the accomplishments of alumni and supporters of Panhandle State. These inductees have done great things for the University, the Alumni Association, and the community.”