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February 2012

Cox Named Recipient of Distinguished Service Award From OSRHE


State Rep. Dr. Doug Cox of Grove, Okla. receives the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) and Council of Presidents.
Left to right: Chancellor Glen D. Johnson; State Rep. Doug Cox and his wife, Drenda; and NEO A&M College President Jeff Hale presented Cox with the Distinguished Service Award, given on behalf of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and Council of Presidents.

State Rep. Doug Cox of Grove, Okla. received the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) and Council of Presidents.

An award ceremony and reception was held to honor Cox on Monday, Jan. 30, at the Integris Grove Hospital inside the Courtyard Atrium. The award was presented that morning by Chancellor Glen D. Johnson and NEO A&M College President, Jeff Hale.

“This recognition means a lot to me, and being a proponent of education, I am truly appreciative of our public school and public higher education system in Oklahoma,” Rep. Cox said. “I owe any success that I have had, from kindergarten to medical school, to our public system of education.”

The availability of a free education is what makes America stand apart from any other country, Cox added.

Representing District 5, Cox earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in 1974. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 1978, and Cox performed his family practice residency at the OU Tulsa Medical College from 1978-81. His committee assignments include A&B Public Health & Social Services, (Chair), Appropriations & Budget, Common Education, Joint Committee on Appropriations & Budget, Public Health, Public Safety and Redistricting Eastern Oklahoma Subcommittee.

“Rep. Doug Cox is the ideal recipient for the Distinguished Service Award. He has been a longtime advocate for public and higher education,” Hale said. “He is passionate in his effort to obtain adequate funding for education and to keep a college education affordable for all.”

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

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

“Rep. Cox is very deserving of the Distinguished Service Award. During his service, he has worked tirelessly on behalf of the students of Oklahoma and for the goals of higher education,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Our state system of higher education is very grateful for his service.”

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