State Sen. Kenneth Corn on Monday issued the following statement on the passing of Joe Paul Hemphill, former Howe High School Principal, Vice President for Student Affairs at Carl Albert State College and State Regent for Regional Colleges:
Joe Paul Hemphill was uniquely Oklahoman, and he embodied the very values and spirit that make our state grand.
He was a big man in stature, and had a heart for everyone he met. He was a longtime educator who helped instill a love of learning in the lives of countless young people.
It could easily be said that Joe Paul positively affected the lives of more students than any other educator in our state’s history.
On a personal note, Joe Paul has always been one of my biggest supporters, from serving as Chairman of my campaigns for the House and Senate, and as my high school principal.
The lives of countless people, including myself, are better off thanks to the passion and dedication of Joe Paul Hemphill.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this time of loss. He will be greatly missed.