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UCO Invites Community to State Superintendent Forum Oct. 20

Oct. 14, 2014

Media Contact: Stephanie Turner, Coordinator Public Relations and Communications, UCO College of Education and Professional Studies, 405-974-5408,


The University of Central Oklahoma College of Education and Professional Studies, College of Liberal Arts and the American Democracy Project will host a public forum featuring Oklahoma State Superintendent candidates John Cox, Ed.D., and Joy Hofmeister from 5-6:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Nigh University Center’s Constitution Hall.   

Both candidates will present a clear vision of his or her education agenda. Attendees will be able to submit questions when they arrive to potentially be asked during a question and answer session following opening statements and rebuttals.

UCO Director of Debate Matthew Moore, Ph.D., will moderate the event.

“The public forum will allow voters to better compare the candidates’ positions and help move the discussion of the future of education in Oklahoma beyond talking points,” said Moore.

A number of on-campus educational, political science, history, English, writing and other honor societies are sponsoring the event.

Kelly Baker, Ed.D., associate professor of early childhood education at UCO, is one of many actively involved with collaborating and organizing the public forum on campus.            

“Our students are experiencing what citizenship truly represents, as they recognize the important role that every Oklahoman plays in a democratic society,” said Baker.

“This is a great example of how UCO students are actively involved as young Oklahomans and are demonstrating the desire and ability to be informed, thoughtful voters.”

State Superintendent candidates Cox and Hofmeister will face each other in the general election Nov. 4.

Visitors may park in the Visitor Pay Lot for $1.00, just east of the Nigh University Center. Once Lot 10 reaches capacity, visitors may then park in Lot 11. UCO students and faculty should park according to assigned UCO parking stickers.

Seating in Constitution Hall will be on a first-come, first-served basis until maximum capacity is reached. For more information on the forum, contact Baker at 405-974-5135.