Officials at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M named Clay Roblyer and State Rep. Larry Glenn as this year's Award of Merit recipients.
Roblyer, a 1959 graduate of NEO, was elected as chairman of the NEO Development Foundation board of directors in 2004.
During his service as chairman, Roblyer has increased membership from six active board members to a record number of 18.
In his efforts to broaden the footprint of the board, he has changed the demographics to include board members not only from the local area but also to include active members from all across the state of Oklahoma and one out-of-state board member as well.
"Clay has been a tremendous asset to the board and to the college during his six-year term as Chairman of the NEO Foundation Board," said NEO Foundation Executive Director Edie Ingram. "Clay provides great leadership, and his passion for NEO and his desire to make a difference are truly inspiring; I have learned from him, and I treasure his friendship with the college."
NEO A&M College President Dr. Jeff Hale said that Roblyer was the catalyst that sparked the creation of the NEO Athletic Hall of Fame, which is currently in its fourth year of recognizing outstanding NEO athletes.
During the last six years, Roblyer has led the foundation to exceed its goal of earning $2 million in total net assets by the year 2020.
Also during his term as chairman, the foundation received a gift of $578,000 from the city of Picher - the largest gift in the history of the Foundation.
In addition to his role as chairman of the NEO Development Foundation board of directors, Roblyer is a very active civil leader, also serving as the director of the Southeast Tulsa Jaycees and President of the Arkansas/Oklahoma Port Operators.
Roblyer is equally as active in his church, where he is the Sunday school president and member of the administrative board. He and his wife Donna have two sons.
"I am extremely grateful for all of Clay's hard work and dedication to the college and appreciate all that he has accomplished to make NEO a better institution," Hale said.
Glenn graduated from Wyandotte High School and later when on to NEO A&M College before earning his Oklahoma C.L.E.E.T. (Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training) certification.
He is married to Janet Glenn, and their children are Scott, Keith, Courtney and Benn.
Glenn represents Ottawa and Delaware counties in Oklahoma City. Glenn is active in many committees including Agriculture, Wildlife and Environment, Transportation and General Government. His term ends in 2016.
From 1970 to 1986, Glenn was employed at B.F. Goodrich Tire Company, and he currently serves in the House of Representatives in addition to an equipment repair business.
He served in the United States Air Force from 1966-1970, and he served in Southeast Asia, Eight Air Force, in 1969.
Glenn has also served in many leadership positions: Miami Police and Fire commissioner, Miami finance commissioner and Ottawa County Undersheriff.
"Larry Glenn has been the ideal community citizen and one of NEO's greatest supporters," Ingram said. "He is an NEO alumnus and has continued to be involved with the college for many years. Rep. Glenn's receipt of this award is NEO's way to acknowledge his support and say thank you to an individual who has really made a difference to people's lives."