Officials at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) announced Jim Grover as the recipient of the newly added Outstanding Retired Faculty Award. He will be formally honored during the Alumni Awards luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 26, at noon in the Calcagno Family Ballroom. All alumni and friends of the college are invited to attend. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. To purchase a ticket or for more information, please contact the NEO Development Foundation office at 918-540-6115. NEO’s homecoming festivities Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. This year’s homecoming theme is “NEO Superheroes in Disguise.”
Grover is an NEO alumni and former instructor at the college. In addition to his previous position, he has dedicated a lifetime of volunteer service to NEO’s academic and athletic programs. Three of his four children have also worked at and contributed to the programs of NEO. He officially retired in 2009 from his position as a computer-science instructor, but continued to teach part time for an additional five years. Grover currently holds the record for longest standing instructor at NEO.
Even in retirement, Grover, and his wife Beverly, continue to devote their time and resources to the programs of the college. The couple has been basketball boosters and athletic supporters for more than 20 years. This is Jim’s 50th year volunteering with the community-wide high school basketball tournament. Beverly continues to serve on multiple committees for the college. “Jim Grover has been a mainstay on the NEO campus for years, so it seemed only fitting to select him as the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Retired Faculty award,” said Jennifer Hessee, executive director of the NEO A&M College Development Foundation. “Jim bleeds blue and gold and has devoted countless hours supporting the Golden Norse basketball program and the college as a whole.”
Jim and Beverly have four children, including Jamee and Tim Combs of Inola, Oklahoma, Dr. Kenda Grover of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Darin and Courtney Grover of Durant, Oklahoma and Dustin and Elsie Grover of Miami. The couple has seven grandchildren including: Ryan, Derek, Carter Combs; Sydney and Case Grover; Isaiah and Gia Grover.