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. Nominations for this distinction are accepted from the Miami public school system, NEO A&M College and Northeast Technology Center, said Cindy Morris, executive director for the Chamber.

“What impressed us about Roger was the respect students have for him,” Morris said.  “They rely on him for advice and counseling even after graduation.”

Fent said he could not hide his surprise upon the announcement of his name at the banquet.

“I am honored to be given recognition like that from the community,” he 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.  In September of 2008, he received an Honorary American FFA Degree.  This award is given to those who advance agriculture education and the National FFA Organization through outstanding personal commitment.    

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.

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.   The Miami Chamber awards individuals based on the categories of business, industry, education and community service.