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Autry Tech superintendent receives CareerTech’s highest honor

Brady McCullough, superintendent of Autry Technology Center, received the Francis Tuttle Career Excellence award at the Oklahoma Summit – the 53rd annual CareerTech summer conference.

The 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 to a recipient who has made contributions of state or national significance.

McCullough has devoted most of his professional life to career and technology education, a passion that was sparked when he was a young agricultural education student in high school. After college he became a classroom instructor, later taking on administrative roles in student services, public relations, business and industry training, legislative affairs and finance.

He has served at three technology centers, as well as the CareerTech state agency in Stillwater. Before taking the helm at Autry Tech, McCullough served as superintendent for Green Country Technology Center.

Throughout his career he has strived to promote and improve career and technology education and has led initiatives at the local, district and state levels. He is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XXI, CareerTech Leadership II and III, Leadership Guthrie and Leadership Tulsa. He participated in the LERN National Leadership Program, Malcolm Baldrige Training and Application Development and the Educators Leadership Academy.

McCullough’s community involvement includes working with groups such as the chamber of commerce, United Way, Workforce Tulsa and the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals. He was an active supporter of Stillwater Swimming and Stillwater Youth Baseball, passions of his children.

The Oklahoma Summit was held virtually Aug. 4-5, attracting more than 4,000 CareerTech educators and administrators.

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

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