DURANT, Okla. – The John G. Cobb and Patricia J. Cobb Leadership Scholarship has been established through the Southeastern Foundation to benefit students attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
The endowment ceremony was held Thursday in the Welcome Center at the University. The Cobb family has chosen to honor Mr. and Mrs. Cobb with the endowment of a leadership scholarship to recognize campus leaders for their commitment to the University in and out of the classroom.
The first in his family to attend college, John Cobb graduated from Southeastern in 1954 with a degree in Business Education and English. He earned his master’s in Education in 1956. He also attended the National Defense Education Act (NDEA) English Institute at Southeastern. Cobb received his Administrative Certificate from the University of Oklahoma.
At Southeastern, Cobb was a campus leader in Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, president of Pi Omega Pi Business Education Fraternity, and a member of Kappa Delti Pi Education Honor Society. He served as a teacher and elementary principal and retired from Ardmore City Schools after 40 years.
Today, Cobb works with Adult Career Development at the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center. He served two tours in the U.S. Army and is proud to be an active citizen of the Chickasaw Nation.
Patricia Cobb received her bachelor’s degree in English from the Oklahoma College for Women and her master’s in Education from the University of Oklahoma. She also attended the NDEA English Institute at Southeastern.
She taught language arts in elementary through high school and developed and taught the first Elementary Gifted and Talented program for Ardmore schools. She retired after 30 years in Ardmore schools.
Mr. and Mrs. Cobb have continued to be active with Southeastern over the past 25 years, attending many campus events. John Cobb is a lifetime member of the Southeastern Alumni Association.
Daughters Liz Cobb McCraw (1986, 1989) and Dr. Amanda Cobb-Greetham (1992) graduated from Southeastern, as did son-in-law Dr. Shannon McCraw (1993). Liz is the Dean of Enrollment Management and served as Dean of Students.
Shannon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Communication and Theatre at Southeastern. Dr. Cobb-Greetham is Administrator of History and Culture for the Chickasaw Nation and oversees the Chickasaw Cultural Center. Her husband, Stephen Greetham, is chief Legal Counsel for the Chickasaw Nation.
The Cobbs have one grandchild, Catie McCraw, daughter of Dean Liz and Dr. Shannon McCraw.