Where are you from?
I live in Fort Gibson with my wife Malinda.
What do you do here at OSUIT?
I am currently the dean of the School of Diesel & Heavy Equipment
Tell me a little about your experience with the university so far?
My experience goes way back. I graduated from here in 1982. At that time the school was Oklahoma State School of Technical Training. After graduation, I worked for Ryder Systems for 13 years. I came back to OSUIT as a faculty member for the Diesel and Heavy Equipment program in 1994. In 1999, I started teaching for the ATC Freightliner Group, which was headed up by a former graduate, Jerry Bisbee. In 2005, I started teaching for MHC Kenworth. In 2012, I was promoted to assistant division chair, working under Roy Achemire. In 2014, I became the dean of the School of Diesel & Heavy Equipment. I have served in many capacities on many committees over the past 24 years.
What’s been the best thing about working here?
The best thing about working here is the working relationships with students, faculty and staff.
What do you wish more people knew about OSUIT and the role you play here?
I wish they knew about the quality of education and the quality of my faculty and staff. If I can get them to visit campus and speak with my faculty, most of the time they will enroll. My hope is to be remembered as the guy who helped me achieve my goals.
What would you tell someone who was thinking about attending or working at OSUIT?
If you are willing to put in the effort and time, you will have a career and once you have completed your training here, join the OSUIT Alumni Association.