(Photo from left: Dr. Jeff Hale, NEO president; Jason Ramsey, chief executive officer for the Board of Regents; Jennifer Hessee, executive director of the NEO Development Foundation; Jane Osborn; Bill Osborn; Mrs. Jane Osborn; Dr. Clark Osborn; Todd Lamb, Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor; Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education)
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) recently recognized Osborn Drugs for their partnership with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) in the form of the Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award. This award highlights the already outstanding partnership through a financial grant. The OSRHE showed support through the $500 State Regents’ Economic Development Grant, which NEO matched. The $1,000 will be applied to the William E (Willie) and Jane Osborn Scholarship.
Osborn Drugs and the Osborn family have long supported NEO. After a generous gift to the College in 2015, NEO dedicated the lab sciences building in Willie and Jane’s honor. The Osborn family had also endowed two previous scholarships: the JoAn Taylor Scholarship for women in business and the Sam Wynn Scholarship for construction management. For their generous and continued support, NEO awarded the Award of Merit to the Osborns in 2009. Willie was also inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014. “NEO was proud to honor Osborn Drugs and the Osborn family at the annual Regents Business Partners program,” said NEO President Dr. Jeff Hale. “Willie, Jane, and all the family members have helped so many students, faculty, and coaches over the years. It was truly an honor to share this special tribute with the family.”
In addition to Osborn Drugs, 27 business and higher education partnerships throughout the state were also recognized as innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce. The formal awards ceremony was held on the campus of the University Of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.