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Officials at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) have announced that Rose State College President Dr. Jeanie Webb has been selected as the recipient for this year’s Outstanding Alumna for the School of Liberal Arts. Traditionally recognized in coordination with NEO Football Homecoming, NEO is planning to recognize this year’s honorees during a spring 2021 ceremony.

Growing up in a single-income household in east Tulsa, Dr. Webb was unsure if she would be able to attend college. It was through a scholarship with the NEO Norse Stars dance team that she was able to attend NEO as a first-generation college student. While at NEO, Dr. Webb was heavily involved in student activities such as the Student Senate. Following NEO, Dr. Webb transferred to Northeastern State University (NSU) to complete a B.A. in Social Studied Education and an M.S. in College Teaching/Personnel Services. She continued to Oklahoma State University and completed a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration/Adult Education followed by post-doctoral work as a Kellogg Fellow at the University of Oklahoma.

Concurrent with her education, she began teaching and later accepted a faculty position at NSU, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in a variety of fields including psychology, career development, and human relations. During her time as NSU, she transitioned to administration and rose through administrative positions to become the Dean of the NSU Campuses at Tulsa, Muskogee, and Claremore. She joined the RSC administrative team in 1998 and was promoted to Vice President for Student Affairs in 2000. In her tenure, she directed campus initiatives such as the leadership scholarship program, which she grew from 20 students to more than 150.

In 2013, Dr. Webb was named the first female president of RSC. Over the last eight years, she has led RSC with a student-focused mindset. In addition to adding collegiate soccer and building student housing at the request of student leadership, she has directed a 48,000 sq. ft. renovation and expansion of the RSC Student Union, which opened this year. Dr. Webb, her husband President Emeritus of the University of Central Oklahoma W. Roger Webb, and their daughter Anna Grace live in Edmond. “It is a privilege to honor Dr. Jeanie Webb with the Outstanding Alumni Award for the School of Liberal Arts,” said Jennifer Walker, executive director of the NEO Development Foundation.  “Dr. Webb is a wonderful example of the success first generation students can achieve. With a very successful career in higher education, she impacts and sets an example for countless students as the President of Rose State College.” For more information, contact Jordan Adams at Jordan.m.adams@neo.edu.

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