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Diane Durham earns Oklahoma CareerTech's prestigious Arch Alexander Award

Diane Durham earns Oklahoma CareerTech's prestigious Arch Alexander Award

Diane Durham (r) 2016 Arch Alexander award winner, with David Tan, Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

August 3, 2016

Diane Durham, a financial analyst at Oklahoma CareerTech, received the prestigious Arch Alexander award during the 49th annual Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Summer Conference.

The conference was Aug. 1-2 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

 The Arch Alexander Award, created by the University of Oklahoma Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, honors 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. It was presented by David Tan, professor and chairman of the OU department of educational leadership and policy studies, and Skye McNiel, OkACTE executive director.

“The Arch Alexander Award recognizes CareerTech educators who have made significant contributions to Oklahoma’s CareerTech System,” said McNiel. “These progressive leaders in program and curriculum development advance technology in education.”

Durham has served the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education for more than 34 years. Autry Technology Center Superintendent Brady McCullough said her contributions to the system exemplify all of the ideals Arch Alexander stood for.

Hired as a secretary in 1982, Durham advanced through the system, becoming what McCullough described as an invaluable resource for administrators in the technology centers and at the state agency.

“She works to ensure that school business officials use taxpayer dollars legally, ethically and wisely,” McCullough said. “She is well-versed in the funding issues and monitors proposed legislation that could affect the stability and future of CareerTech.”

Durham was instrumental in the establishment of the TechCent$ program, a professional development program for future leaders in technology center business departments.

For more information about the Oklahoma CareerTech System, visit www.okcareertech.org.

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