The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Development Foundation Board of Directors welcomed its newest member during a recent meeting. Ted Fisher, economic development director for the City of Sapulpa, participated in his first Board meeting on February 6 on the NEO campus.

Fisher is an NEO alum who graduated in 1961 with a degree in business. He played for the Golden Norse Basketball Team under the guidance of Coach Max

Buzzard. In 2003, Fisher was recognized by NEO as one of its Outstanding Alumni. 

Fisher was the District 12 representative in the Oklahoma State Senate for 20 years beginning in 1986.  In addition to serving as Senate Majority Leader, Fisher was Chairman of the Senate Economic Development Committee and a member of the transportation, small business, education and appropriation committees. 

Fisher authored the Oklahoma Quality Job Acts, which brought new business to Oklahoma through financial incentives, and the Welfare Reform Act, which helped to reduce welfare rolls in the state by 43 percent.

Fisher received multiple recognitions as one of the state's “Top 10 Legislators.” He was named Honorary Professional Firefighter by the Professional Firefighters of Oklahoma and received the A.C. Hamlin Tribute from the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus for his work to further African Americans and other minorities.

 He earned the Distinguished Service Award from the Higher Education Alumni Council Board of Directors because of his service to higher education.

“We are honored to have such a distinguished NEO alum serve on the Foundation Board,” said Dr. Jeffery Hale, NEO president. “Senator Fisher has dedicated a lifetime of service to the state of Oklahoma.  We look forward to the perspective that he will bring to the Foundation Board and to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.”

Hale addressed the Board of Directors, providing them with an overview of his first three weeks on campus.  During that time, Hale said he has visited with many NEO stakeholders, including tribal leaders, city officials, faculty and students.

“There is a high level of energy and enthusiasm in regard to making plans for the future of NEO A&M,” Hale said. “People are prepared to work hard to see that the college advances.”

The Board also addressed its plans to reinstate the Town and Gown. This black-tie event was once an NEO tradition to express the college's appreciation to those who support it. Edie Ingram, executive director of the Foundation, said a committee has been gathered to put the Town and Gown back onto the NEO calendar.

Ingram told the Board that nine students were awarded scholarships from the proceeds raised by the Foundation Fundraising Festival in November of 2008.

The event raised $18,000 through live and silent auctions.

The Board announced that the Eighth Annual Puddin' Haney Classic will take place at Meadowbrook Country Club in Tulsa on April 27. This golf scramble is named after NEO alum J.V. Haney, who has served as chair for the Tournament for seven years. Ingram said the cost to participate is $100 per player and includes lunch.  To play in the Puddin' Haney Classic, contact the Development Foundation at (918) 540-6250.