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Shari Goad Earns Prestigious Arch Alexander Award

Shari Goad Earns Prestigious Arch Alexander Award

From left, Juanita Vargus, University of Oklahoma College of Education; Goad; and David Tan, University of Oklahoma College of Education.

Shari Goad makes things happen.

Project manager at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education for nearly two decades, Goad has been ODCTE’s event coordinator for more than 125 events each year. These events range in size from 10 to 10,000 attendees.

This year, Goad was honored at one of those events, receiving the prestigious Arch Alexander Award.

Goad received the award during the 47th annual Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Summer Conference, held Aug. 4-5 at the Tulsa Cox Convention Center. The award was created by the University of Oklahoma Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies to honor the late Arch Alexander, a longtime deputy director of the state CareerTech agency and the right-hand man to Francis Tuttle, the architect of what is now known as the Oklahoma CareerTech System.

The award is given each year by the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education and the University of Oklahoma to a person who has demonstrated the qualities Alexander showed in his work in the CareerTech System.

“The Arch Alexander Award recognizes CareerTech educators who have made significant contributions to the Oklahoma’s CareerTech System,” said Cheryl Harder, assistant director of OATC. “The award is to applaud those who are progressive leaders in program and curriculum development, utilizing advanced technology in education.”

Harder said Goad is someone who makes everything happen.

“She does so much behind the scenes,” Harder said, “and she never asks for any recognition.”

This award, Harder said, is a public thank-you for all the work Goad has done. Goad is a certified meeting planner and started working for ODCTE in February 1995. She is responsible for selecting sites and for booking and contracting with hotels and facilities for ODCTE-sponsored events. Described by PDC Productions as the “consummate professional,” Goad is held in high regard by many of the people she has worked with in the field because of her professionalism and industry knowledge.

Linda Utley, event services coordinator for Tulsa Cox Convention Center, said Goad is without question the best meeting planner with whom she has worked.

“Shari makes her job look easy, and it is anything but,” said Utley, who has worked with Goad for 13 years. “She makes everyone feel important and needed.”

The CareerTech Summer Conference attracts some 3,500 CareerTech educators from across the state and is one of the largest professional development educator conferences in the state. OkACTE is the professional organization for the state’s CareerTech administrators, teachers and staff members.

For more information, please visit www.okcareertech.org.

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