The 3 1/2-inch solid bronze medallion was created from the university seal to symbolize the rights, responsibilities, and privileges of his leadership position at Northeastern State University. Designed by Medallic Art Company of Dayton, Nevada, it has become an enduring symbol of those who have led the institution since our founding as a state school in 1909, and those leaders yet to come. The medallion hangs from a bronze chain distinguished by six 1 1/2-inch university seals that repeat on either side. They are placed in between banners upon which the names of the current and past presidents are engraved.
The university seal, designed by Eugene Starr in 1947, honors the growth of Northeastern from the days of the original Cherokee National Female Seminary. The medallion features the seal in bronze relief. At the center, a Native American is depicted in profile, flanked on either side by seven sheaves of wheat, representing the seven clans of the Cherokee Nation. Encircling the design are the words “Cherokee Seminaries 1846 Tahlequah Oklahoma,” a tribute to the university’s origins as an institution of learning
established by the Cherokee Nation. Separated by a narrow circle of rope, the outer row of text reads, “Northeastern State University 1909,” signifying the year that the state of Oklahoma purchased the Female Seminary to create Northeastern State Normal School. The outer circle reprises the fluted rope design in a symbol of strength that characterizes the university's legacy of commitment to education.
The President's Medallion