Oklahoma's CareerTech System Honors Outstanding Oklahomans
This year’s inductees are Harold F. Anglin, retired superintendent of Northeast Technology Center, Pryor, and former member of the Oklahoma CareerTech Board; the late Frank Coulter, who retired as superintendent of Moore Norman Technology Center; Norman Filtz, retired finance director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, Stillwater; Kay Martin, retired superintendent and chief executive officer of Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Oklahoma City; and Dwight Stoddard, retired ODCTE audit manager.
The 2013 class of inductees will increase the Hall of Fame membership to 70. The Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by the Oklahoman Foundation for Career and Technology Education, was founded in 1990.
“Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame inductees have contributed significantly to the positive impact and value of the CareerTech System in the lives and businesses of Oklahomans,” said Robert Sommers, CareerTech state director. “This year’s inductees exemplify leadership, vision, hard work and commitment, which are why we succeed.”
Previous inductees include governors, college deans and professors, business and industry leaders, educators and CareerTech System faculty, staff and agency members.
A graduate of Durant High School, Harold Anglin earned a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern State University and a master’s degree from Emporia State University in Kansas. He then earned his superintendent’s certification through Oklahoma State University and served 11 years in the Oklahoma National Guard.
Anglin first taught distributive education at Anadarko High School, then in Liberal, Kan. This led to a position as assistant state supervisor for distributive education for the state of Kansas, where he worked with high schools, vocational technical schools and junior colleges.
In 1977, Anglin accepted the position of campus director at NETC’s south campus in Pryor and in 1982 was hired as superintendent. He served in that role for 16 years and led the technology center to meet the needs of the district.
Anglin worked with business and industry partners to develop part-time classes to provide training for students who could not attend full time and also worked with existing industry to provide training to upgrade employees and new industries and community leaders to determine training needs and attract new industries to northeast Oklahoma.
During his tenure, the NETC district expanded to bring in southern Delaware County and build a campus at Kansas, Okla. After retiring, Anglin served nine years on the State Board of Career and Technology Education. He now lives in Alvin, Texas.
Frank Coulter, raised in Missouri and Kansas, served in the U.S. Army in the 3rd Infantry Regiment at Fort Myer, Va. The regiment, known as “The Old Guard,” is responsible for ceremonial duties in the Washington, D.C., area, particularly at Arlington National Cemetery. Coulter was chosen to serve as a sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and served during the ceremony of the entombment of the World War II and Korean War unknown soldiers.
Following honorable discharge from the Army, Coulter earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial education and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. He taught in high schools in western Kansas until moving to Liberal, Kan., as director of student services at the area vo-tech center.
In 1974, Coulter moved to Norman to be assistant superintendant at Moore Norman Technology Center and was later named superintendent. He retired as superintendent in 2003. Under Coulter’s leadership, MNTC gained a national reputation as a premier technology center with annual enrollment of more than 20,000 students. He oversaw five major expansions of the main campus, more than tripling its size. He also initiated the purchase and development of the South Penn Campus in Moore.
Coulter was a leader in the maintenance and growth of the Oklahoma CareerTech System, holding many positions in the statewide organization. He also served in a leadership role for numerous civic organizations. Coulter died earlier this year after a long illness.
Growing up on the family farm near Orlando, Norman Filtz learned the value of hard work early and gained an entrepreneurial determination and a love of farming. He was active during high school in the CareerTech student organization FFA, serving as president of the Orlando chapter.
Graduating from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, Filtz found a new career path when working at the bursar’s office part-time. He was promoted to assistant bursar and then was hired as a bookkeeper at the Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education, now CareerTech. During his 37-year career, Filtz saw the agency budget grow to $180 million and the process for maintaining financial records evolve from hand-posting to using accounting software.
He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1965 to 1995, earning a Meritorious Service Medal and an Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He retired as chief warrant officer three.
Filtz received Oklahoma CareerTech’s Arch Alexander Award and the Honorary State FFA Degree. Also, the Association of Educational Federal Finance Administrators proclaimed its 31st conference in honor of Filtz.
Kay Martin received a master’s degree in business education from the University of Central Arkansas, where she later worked as assistant professor and developed and implemented the first distributive education/marketing programs at the college level. A scholarship was named for her in recognition of her efforts.
Martin earned a doctorate in vocational technical education, teacher education, marketing and research at The Ohio State University. In 1982, she moved to Oklahoma to be a curriculum specialist at Francis Tuttle Technology Center. By 1996, she was named chief executive officer of the technology center, becoming the second woman to be superintendent of an Oklahoma technology center district. Martin has received much recognition for her professional and community efforts.
The Francis Tuttle Foundation presented her with the InnoVision award, the fourth one given. She also received the Distinguished Leadership Award from Leadership Oklahoma City, the AdvanceEd Innovation Award, the National Council of Local Administrators Distinguished Service Award and the Francis Tuttle Career Excellence Award; was a three-time honoree of The Journal Record’s Fifty Making a Difference; and was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame. In November 2007, the Francis Tuttle Technology Center Board of Education named the main building of the Reno campus the Kay Martin Center.
Dwight Stoddard, raised in Lawton, graduated from OSU with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics before being commissioned as a second lieutenant through the OSU Army ROTC. He served two years on active duty in Chun Chon, Korea, and continued in the Army Reserve for 28 more years, retiring as a colonel in 1994.
After returning from military service, Stoddard worked as a business manager and became owner of a large chinchilla ranch near Glencoe. He returned to OSU and completed a degree in accounting. In 1974, he was hired as a field auditor for the Federal Manpower and Development Program at the Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education. He later completed a masters’ degree in accounting and was promoted to CareerTech internal auditor, supervisor of internal audits and audit manager.
He retired after 33 years with the agency. He received the Arch Alexander Award and the National Association of State Directors of Vocational Education’s Distinguished Service Award.
Stoddard serves on the Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation, the Oklahoma FFA Foundation and OSU Ag-Ed Scholarship Inc. He has received numerous awards from both the state and national FFA organization and is an active volunteer in Stillwater.
By Ann Houston
Communications and Marketing