Dr. John Cox Considering Bid for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

            Dr. John Cox, D-Peggs, is assembling an exploratory team to evaluate a potential candidacy for State Superintendent.  “Numerous educators and friends of public education have approached me to become a candidate.  They are concerned with the current direction of public education and are convinced that with the proper leadership Oklahoma’s children will prosper academically” said Cox.


A career educator, Dr. Cox is beginning his twentieth year as a School Superintendent and his twenty-eighth year as an educator.  He also serves as an adjunct professor of education at Northeastern State University, teaching leadership and administration courses to aspiring principals and superintendents and educational research to master’s candidates.


Dr. Cox has an earned Doctorate (ED.S) in Educational Administration and an Educational Specialist (ED.S) from Oklahoma State University, and Masters Degree in Counseling and Bachelors Degree in Mathematics Education from Northeastern State University.  He serves as President of the Organization of Rural Elementary Schools (102 schools) and Vice-Chair of the Oklahoma Schools Assurance Group (488 schools).  He is a lifetime member of the OSU Alumni Association and the NSU Alumni Association and serves on the NSU Alumni Association board.  Dr. Cox also participates on the NSU College of Education Advisory Board and he is a Co-Chair on the Vision Committee sponsored by the Oklahoma State School Board Association (OSSBA) and the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA).  Dr. Cox served on the ACE Steering Committee as the State Superintendent’s appointee and has participated on the State Superintendent’s Advisory Group.


“I appreciate those who have encouraged me to run for this leadership position.  It is time to stand up for the great things we are doing in public education and continue to work hard for the betterment of our children. I look forward to having conversations with the people of Oklahoma about the future of public schools and quality public education”, said Cox.


For further information or questions, you may contact Dr. John Cox at or 918.720.4019.