TAHLEQUAH, OK Cherokee Nation Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin
is being honored as one of nine Northeastern State University 2018
Centurions are individuals whose leadership and commitment,
in the course of helping others, have made a significant impact
during NSU's history. Honors are given to university alumni, faculty,
staff, students or any member of the NSU community, past or present,
who impacted the NSU community or the public at large.
Hoskin graduated from NSU in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in
social sciences and earned his master's degree in education in 1998.
Along with his service to the CN as chief of staff, Hoskin served
12 years on the Tribal Council, between 1995 and 2007, and is now
serving his sixth term as an Oklahoma State Representative for Dist.
"Like so many Cherokees in northeast Oklahoma, my experience
at NSU helped define my personal life, as well as my professional
career as an educator and administrator. I am profoundly honored
to be recognized as a Centurion by my alma mater, an institution
where I earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees," Hoskin
said. "One of the most important lessons I learned at NSU is the
value of public education. As a member of the Oklahoma House of
Representatives and as a former Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor,
I have endeavored to make life-changing educational opportunities
more accessible. I am proud of NSU, whose rich history is tied directly
to the education of Cherokee Nation citizens, and hope its mission
continues to flourish."
Hoskin is a U.S. Navy veteran and a former Ironworkers Union
Local 584 member. He also spent nearly two decades working in public
education as a high school teacher and school administrator for
Locust Grove Public Schools.
As chief of staff, Hoskin oversees Education Services and is
an advocate for the tribe's continued support of NSU. He is a member
of the leadership team that contributed funding to restoration and
enhancement efforts for NSU's historic Seminary Hall.
"Chuck Hoskin's selfless devotion to serving others is a model
that few of us can match," NSU President Dr. Steve Turner said.
"He continues to impress me with his humility and tireless effort
to improve the lives of Cherokee citizens and all Oklahomans. He
embodies all the values of an NSU Centurion. I am honored to call
him my friend and to participate in the ceremony of recognition
for this honor."
Hoskin resides in Vinita with his wife, Stephanie. He has three
children, Amy, Chuck Jr. and Amelia, along with three grandchildren.
He and eight other new NSU Centurions will be honored during
a March 6 luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the NSU Event Center in Tahlequah.
The luncheon is open to the public, and tickets are $25 per person.
To reserve a seat, visit www.nsualumni.com/centurions
or call the NSU president's office at 918-444-2000.