Dr. Jeff Mills to address graduates at May 11 commencement

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Dr. Jeff Mills to address graduates at May 11 commencement

Dr. Jeff Mills
Dr. Jeff Mills 

As Northwestern Oklahoma State University graduates prepare for their futures, they’ll first get some advice from Dr. Jeff Mills, 1987 alumnus and executive director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association, during the commencement address on Saturday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m. at Ranger Field.

In case of inclement weather, commencement will be held in Percefull Fieldhouse.

Mills was a health and physical education major at Northwestern. In 1989, he began teaching and coaching at Snyder Public Schools. He eventually became the kindergarten through eighth grade principal, head football and wrestling coach.

Being a principal in Snyder helped him further his career in education where he was elementary and high school principal at El Reno Public Schools. He later became superintendent of El Reno Public Schools and Woodward Public Schools.

Because of his desire to provide strong educational foundations, he developed a Character First Program for the Woodward Public Schools and worked with the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee to have volunteers go into the schools to instill good character in the students.

Mills has served on numerous committees including the United Suburban Schools Association (USSA), Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration and the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators.

“I am very interested in building strong coalitions with higher education in the development and placement of future school administrators, teachers and staff,” Mills said. “Through my experiences I have found it to be very important for all levels of educational training to work together for the benefit of our students.”