Mike Mitchell (BS '54)

Mike Mitchell (BS '54)

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If you ask Mike Mitchell, of Lubbock, about Sam Houston State University, you will likely spark an enthusiastic conversation filled with anecdotes of him and his roommate, James “Spot” Bullard (BS ’54), now deceased. Mike was a member of the Ravens social club, which later became the Kappa Alpha Order. He says he enjoyed the years while earning his Bachelor of Science degree in vocational agriculture, and if given the chance, he would “do it all over again!” His memories of Sam Houston include a description of the beautiful two-story home with an extended porch, which housed about nine men at a time. In addition to himself and Spot, some of his other housemates included Joe Reed, Harold “Hank” Thompson (BS ’54), Roy Harris (BS ’56) and Dan Rather (BS ’53), a Caballero club member, which later became Sigma Chi. Mike describes Spot as a “barrel of laughs” and said they discussed plans for the Ravens to run Rather for governor after they all graduated. “Never did we realize that Dan would do so well in his career,” Mitchell said. “I am very happy and pleased for him.” The keynote speaker at Mitchell’s graduation was Lyndon B. Johnson, then a United States Senator. He described how the senator sat beside him and Hank Thompson and entertained them throughout the ceremony by telling jokes. Mitchell and his wife, Wanda, raised their family in Post, where he owned the first distributorship outside of San Antonio for the Texas brands of Lone Star and Pearl beers. They now live in Lubbock where he is a ranch land real estate broker. They enjoy spending time with their three children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.