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Jeff Hilst of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a two-time graduate of OSU receiving his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and accounting in 1984 and an MBA in business administration in 1987.


Serving as a principal broker at Watermark Commercial Properties, Hilst’s education at OSU created the foundation for him to excel in his professional life. His experiences advanced his career in commercial real estate and contributed to the success of his company in Tulsa, surrounding communities and Oklahoma agriculture. Hilst has extensive interests in farming and ranching.


Hilst and his wife, Lynn, keep OSU at the forefront of their lifestyle. They are currently OSU Foundation Board of Governors members and are supportive stakeholders championing causes and campaigns in agriculture. As New Frontiers Cornerstone Donors, their business and farm connections have assisted with bringing others into the campaign, which will help build a state-of-the-art teaching, research and Extension facility for OSU Agriculture.


The Hilsts have helped foster hands-on learning and scholarship opportunities for students at OSU. Their giving started with establishing a charitable legacy fund at OSU and making a planned gift early in life.

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