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Ruth Peace earns Oklahoma CareerTech’s prestigious Arch Alexander Award

Ruth Peace earns Oklahoma CareerTech’s prestigious Arch Alexander Award

Arch Alexander Award winner Ruth Peace with Skye McNiel, Junghwan Kim and Marcie Mack.

Ruth Peace, long-time employee of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, received the prestigious Arch Alexander Award of Excellence during the 52nd annual Oklahoma Summit. 

The Oklahoma Association of Career and Technical Education conference was held 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 Arch Alexander Award was created by the University of Oklahoma Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in honor of 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 prestigious 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 Dr. Junghwan Kim of the University of Oklahoma College of Education. 

The award was presented to Peace for her outstanding contributions to the innovation and promotion of career and technology education in Oklahoma. As former manager for the agency’s information management division, Peace compiled and managed accurate and relevant data for more than 40 years.

Peace was hired at ODCTE in 1979. Over the course of her illustrious career, her knowledge, leadership and insight helped ensure that the accomplishments of the students, industries and schools were presented in a useful and understandable manner.

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

Peace retired from CareerTech in June 2019.

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