NEO announces State Representative Dr. Doug Cox as commencement speaker

Doug CoxMiami, Oklahoma – Tuesday, April 24, 2012 – Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (NEO) College has announced Republican Representative Dr. Doug Cox as the 2012 commencement speaker for this year’s graduation ceremony.  Graduation will take place Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 8 p.m. on Red Robertson Field.

Representing District 5, Cox earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University, (OSU) in 1974. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma, (OU) College of Medicine in 1978, and Cox performed his family practice residency at the OU Tulsa Medical College from 1978-1981. His committee assignments include A&B Public Health & Social Services, (Chairman), Appropriations & Budget, Common Education, Joint Committee on Appropriations & Budget, Public Health, Public Safety and Redistricting Eastern Oklahoma Subcommittee. 

Cox was also named the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) and Council of Presidents for his commitment to public and higher education.
“Dr. Cox has been so supportive of public higher education in Oklahoma,” said Dr. Jeff Hale, NEO A&M College President. “Every time we have needed his support and vote, Representative Cox has delivered in a big way. The other factor I appreciate so much is his commitment to work effectively with Representative Larry Glenn and Senator Charlie Wyrick.”

Recently Representative Cox has been very active in legislation that restricts the sale of pseudoephedrine. 

Cox is also a member of the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Cox and his wife, Drenda Cox, have three children: Matt, Cassie and Scott.

“I am honored to be the commencement speaker at NEO,” Cox said. “NEO is one of Oklahoma's most affordable institutions of higher learning and plays an important role in educating the young citizens that will determine our great state's future. It is an exciting time for NEO, with increasing enrollment, and recently completed and ongoing building projects. I am humbled that I have been asked to address the student body and their families at graduation.”

2012 Commencement Photos