After 27 years, Tom Poole, vice president for fiscal affairs, will bid good-bye to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.  NEO would like to invite the community to a reception for Poole on Wednesday, February 25 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.  A special program for Poole will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Featured speakers for the event will be Dr. Jeffery Hale, NEO president, Brent Brassfield, mayor of the City of Miami, Larry Roberts, former state representative, Cecil Strande, director of internal audits for the Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents, Tenona Kuhn, president of the NEO Faculty Senate, Bob Walker, vice president for student affairs, Edie Ingram, executive director for the NEO Development Foundation, and Alison Gore, president of NEO Student Body Government.

“Tom's dedication to NEO has been invaluable,” said Dr. Jeffery Hale, president.  “His steady hand has guided the college through fiscally good and difficult times.  After nearly three decades of service, his experience and commitment to NEO will be missed.”

A resident of Miami, Poole has served higher education in the state of Oklahoma for more than 40 years.  Sixteen of those years were spent as business manager at Phillips University in Enid from 1965 through 1981.  Poole has been the Vice President for Fiscal Affairs at NEO since 1983.

Poole was instrumental in bringing Oklahoma Boys State to NEO, where it has taken place each summer for 22 consecutive years.  During his tenure at NEO, Poole oversaw the construction or renovation of several buildings, including the Student Activity Center, Commons Hall, Gymnasium and Health Sciences Building.  Following the flood of 2007, Poole lead the restoration of 12  buildings, the athletic practice field and softball, baseball and football fields.

Poole represented the college by serving on associations, committees and councils throughout the state, including the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Council of Business Officers, Southern Association of College and University Business Officers, Health Care and Wellness Task Force, Flex Benefit Compensation Committee, Oklahoma Association of College and University Business Officers, the Miami Rotary Club and the American Legion.

NEO would like to invite the community to join Poole and his wife, Judy, at his retirement celebration.  Those who would like to attend the reception are asked to RSVP by February 24 by contacting Peggy Rhine, executive assistant to the president, at (918) 540-6201.