Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

Everett Dobson

Everett Dobson - 2000

Everett Dobson is a well-known Oklahoma businessman who was instrumental in turning a small company into one of the largest rural cellular telephone providers in the United States. Dobson is chairman and chief executive officer of Dobson Communications Corporation.

Dobson has been very involved in the support of his alma mater. He recently established Southwestern’s first endowed chair with the SWOSU Foundation. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education matched his gift of $250,000 to establish the chair in the School of Business for a total endowment of $500,000. At the age of 41, Dobson is the youngest benefactor among Oklahoma’s endowed chair program.

The endowment is just one of Dobson’s many generous contributions to Southwestern. The Edmond resident serves as vice chairman of the SWOSU Foundation Board of Directors and regularly helps sponsor various alumni and university functions.

Dobson currently serves on the board of directors for Logix Communications, National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City and Dobson Communications. The Dobson Company started in 1936 as a rural telephone service provider. Dobson Cellular began in 1989 and now provides services in 17 states.

In 1996, Dobson began the PRIDE Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors and college students in Dobson’s service areas. Over $200,000 has been raised in scholarship funds since that time.

Dobson is a graduate of Cheyenne High School and a 1981 graduate of Southwestern where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He was a four-year golf letterman at SWOSU where he played for the late Otis Delaporte. Dobson was a three-time All-Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference selection and two-time All-District Nine honoree. He was a member of the 1980 SWOSU golf team that won the NAIA District Nine championship title and was Southwestern’s first squad to qualify for the NAIA national tourney. Dobson was inducted into Southwestern’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.

He and his wife, Jeanetta (Anderson), have three daughters—Amy, Dana and Haley.