Roger Fent, agriculture instructor at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, has been named Distinguished Educator of the Year by the Miami Area Chamber of Commerce. Fent was presented with a plaque at the Miami Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet on January 15.
The Miami Chamber awards individuals based on the categories of business, industry, education and community service.
"I am honored to be given recognition like that from the community," Fent said. "In fact, it was an honor to just be considered for the award. To win it is unreal." Fent has been an instructor at NEO for 27 years.
Fent earned an associate's degree from NEO in 1974. He worked toward his bachelor's degree at Oklahoma State University and graduated from the institution in 1976. In 1980, Fent received a master's degree from OSU. He received an Honorary American FFA Degree in September 2008, an award given to those who advance agriculture education and the National FFA Organization through outstanding personal commitment.
His professional achievements include receiving the W.W. Dobson Memorial Award in 1988 and the Dobson Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award in 1996. He has been a member of the NEO Faculty Association and served as president and vice president of the organization numerous times. Fent is a sponsor for the Agriculture Education Club on the NEO campus. Fent has been a judge for the Oklahoma State FFA Proficiency Awards and the Northeast District Oklahoma FFA Speech Contest. He served on the Wyandotte School Board from 1997 to 1999.