Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

Alvin Alcorn

Alvin H. Alcorn - 2002

Alvin H. Alcorn is a native Oklahoman who excelled as an educator and community leader in Edmond. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1942 from Southwestern. After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Alcorn earned a Master's degree in school administration from Oklahoma State University.

Alcorn had a wide variety of educational experiences, ranging from the public schools in Greenfield and Buffalo to the Oklahoma State Department of Education. The highlight of his career was serving as vice president for administration/executive vice president at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Alcorn was appointed to the Rose State College Board of Regents in 1987 and was reappointed to the board in 1994 for another seven-year term.

He has long been a major voice for the role of higher education in improving the quality of life for all Oklahomans. He advocated the blending of higher education and economic development as the two keys to the future.

Alcorn served as president of the Edmond Chamber of Commerce in 1972. He was selected as Edmond Citizen of the Year in 1976 and was selected for the Edmond Hall of Fame in 1983.

Alcorn and his wife of 62 years, Naomi, have two daughters and four grandchildren.