A two-time graduate of OSU, Patsiann Nix Smith received a bachelor’s degree in general
agriculture in 1965 and a general administration degree in 1982. Born in Oklahoma
City and a fifth-generation Oklahoman, Nix Smith currently resides in Tahlequah and
owns her family's original Cherokee allotment.
She currently serves on the board of directors for the Cherokee Nation Foundation
and is active in fundraising activities and award selections. Nix Smith established
an endowment in her great-great grandmother’s name, who homesteaded in Tahlequah from
the Trail of Tears. She also helped the Cherokee Foundation acquire funding for scholarships
distributed annually to students.
In addition, Nix Smith has been stalwart in supporting the operations of the OSU Purebred
Beef Center as well as the other animal units in the OSU Department of Animal and
Food Sciences. She has helped grow the operational endowments for all six of the department’s
Nix Smith and her nephew, Jimmy Nix, are directors of the Nix Foundation, which supports
the OSU Spears School of Business and is a major gift donor for the New Frontiers