Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: October 20, 2009
Oklahoma Senate Leaders Honored for Support
of Higher Education
The Council of Presidents and the Oklahoma State Regents have honored
Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee and Majority Leader Todd
Lamb for their dedication to strengthening Higher Education in Oklahoma.
The senators were praised for their continued support for higher
education and have been named recipients of the 2009 Distinguished
Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson said Coffee and Lamb
were very deserving of the honor.
“They have both been consistent advocates for the needs of
our students throughout their tenure in the State Senate,”
Johnson said. “Their leadership during this difficult budget
year was instrumental in providing an increase in funding for higher
education, making a tuition freeze possible. Our State System of
Higher Education is very grateful for their actions.”
Coffee thanked the Council and the Regents for the award, adding
support of Higher Education was critical to the future of the state.
“Creating more college graduates is key to attracting more
high-paying jobs and corporations to Oklahoma,” said Coffee,
R-Oklahoma City. “Our investments in higher education are
truly an investment in the future of our state.”
Lamb, R-Edmond, also addressed the importance of Higher Education
in advancing Oklahoma’s economy.
“In the 21st century, knowledge-based jobs will become more
important to our economy than ever before. We want Oklahoma to be
in a position to benefit and become a leader in these new economic
frontiers,” Lamb said. “Supporting Higher Education
will make that vision a reality.”
For more information contact:
Senator Coffee: 405-521-5636