A new Daemen College Presidential Medal of Honor has been instituted at the college to recognize individuals who serve as a strong, positive role model for students and alumni.
The medal honors individuals who have made a significant effort to improve the quality of life in Western New York, have made contributions toward the growth and advancement of Daemen, and have invested substantial time, effort or resources to improve the world and humanity.
The first recipients of this distinguished honor are Christopher Nixon Cox and Pamela Jacobs-Vogt, ’62.
As co-founder of investment advisory firm OC Global Partners, LLC, Nixon Cox advises companies on selling products in international markets and bringing in capital to expand their business and grow their workforce in the U.S.
Prior to this, the lifelong New York City resident was executive director for New York State for Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. His own political aspirations resulted in finishing third in the Republican primary for New York’s 1st congressional district in 2010. He was also a corporate associate in the private equity group at the law firm of Weil, Gotschal & Manges.
Grandson of Richard Nixon, Nixon Cox received a law degree from New York University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University.
Jacobs-Vogt earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Daemen and later received an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Over the years, she has served as a Daemen trustee and generously supported student scholarships at the college.
Active in the community, Jacobs-Vogt is chair of the Lawrence D. Jacobs M.D. Memorial Foundation and is a founding member of the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, for which she serves as a trustee. A former teacher, she has also been a trustee for the State University of New York, Canisius High School and other area schools.
In addition, Jacobs-Vogt is an emerita member of the Canisius College Board of Regents and the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York Board of Directors, among service with other local organizations.