Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) is proud to announce that head livestock judging coach and agriculture instructor, Tyler Dewey, was chosen to chair the agriculture department effective July 1, 2014. Dewey succeeds former department chair, Dr. Shannon Cunningham, who was promoted to assistant vice president of academic affairs. “I am very excited about this opportunity to lead the agriculture department,” Dewey said. “I realize I have big shoes to fill, but Dr. Shannon Cunningham continues to be a tremendous asset and mentor. I am surrounded by a great team of faculty, and I look forward to the start of the semester.”
Dewey came to NEO in 2009 as an instructor where he taught a variety of classes ranging from feeds and feeding to livestock breeding. He was appointed NEO’s head livestock judging coach in August 2012. Along with being NEO’s head livestock coach and instructor, he is also the ranch management instructor and beef herdsman for the college. He has been involved in the livestock industry throughout his life. He grew up on a poultry farm where he and his family also raised quarter horses and cattle. He was on the livestock judging team in both junior college and senior college and received numerous awards and honors including being named to the Junior College All-American Team.
Originally from Poteau, Okla., Dewey attended Eastern Oklahoma State College for junior college and finished his bachelor’s degree in ag-business at Texas A&M-Commerce. He earned his master’s in animal science with an emphasis in reproductive physiology at the University of Arizona and coached the livestock team, taught four undergraduate courses, and served as advisor for the Collegiate Cattle Growers club as well. He has also had the privilege of judging livestock shows in multiple states and Mexico. He is married to Katie Dewey, coordinator of marketing and public relations at NEO, and they are expecting their first child in late September.