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Phil Waul receives Oklahoma CareerTech’s top award

Phil Waul receives Oklahoma CareerTech’s top award

Phil Waul (r), recipient of 2016 Francis Tuttle Award, with Chad Tuttle, grandson of the late Dr. Tuttle

August 3, 2016

Retired Central Technology Center Superintendent Phil Waul received Oklahoma CareerTech's most prestigious award during the 49th annual Career and Technology Education Summer Conference.

Waul received the Francis Tuttle Career Excellence Award from the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education. State CareerTech Director Marcie Mack and Chad Tuttle, grandson of the late Francis Tuttle, presented the award.

The conference was Aug. 1-2 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. It attracts some 3,700 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.

The Francis Tuttle Career Excellence Award was established in 1985 in honor of Francis Tuttle, former state director of the Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education and architect of what is now called the CareerTech System. The award recognizes individuals whose careers exemplify Tuttle's dedication to the development of people through career and technology education. It is given only to a recipient who has made contributions of state or national significance.

Waul served the CareerTech System for 42 years as an instructor, campus director, assistant superintendent and finally superintendent of Central Technology Center in Drumright. He served on the Governor’s Education Advisory Committee as part of the Oklahoma Works Initiative and has earned the titles of Educator of the Year, Administrator of the Year and Superintendent of the Year.

For more than four decades, Waul has provided leadership and innovation that has led many new programs to state and national recognition. His school became the first regional center for the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, opened the first Pipeline and Safety Training Facility to provide pipeline training statewide and is the only school to achieve Gold Star status every year since the award’s inception.

For more information about the Francis Tuttle Award and Oklahoma's CareerTech System, visit

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