TULSA, OK – August 23, 2016 – Tulsa Tech’s Board of Education and Superintendent/CEO Dr. Steve Tiger announced earlier this month that Dr. Joe Lemley, Dr. Gene Callahan and Dr. James Patton were named as the 2016 inductees into the Tulsa Tech Hall of Fame. Each were recognized at an all-staff reception in August.
“Each of these inductees laid the groundwork for what we accomplish today regarding career training, as well as economic and workforce development throughout the Tulsa region,” said Tiger. “All of their hard work as advocates for CareerTech education and for students makes each one a unanimous choice.”
Lemley, the first Superintendent of Tulsa Tech and whose original campus carries his namesake, accepted the challenge of becoming superintendent of Oklahoma’s first technology center, and served in that role from 1965-88. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame in 1995, named by the Tulsa Retired Educators Association as a Very Important Member of the Oklahoma Retired Educators Association, and inducted into the CareerTech Hall of Fame in 1999.
Callahan was named deputy superintendent of Tulsa Tech in 1985 and three years later began his 20-year tenure as its Superintendent and CEO. He implemented many new programs at the school, including pre-engineering, sports medicine, vision care, pharmacy technician, broadcast and sound engineering and television production. Under his watch, Tulsa Tech built the new Riverside Campus, Health Sciences Center on the Lemley Memorial Campus, and completed major expansions of the Peoria and Broken Arrow campuses. During this time, the staff more than doubled in size, from 212 employees to more than 460.
Patton joined Tulsa Tech as Lemley Campus Director and was later named Associate Superintendent, helping lead the Peoria Campus facility additions of an auditorium, cafeteria and administration offices, which were completed in 1993. As a consultant in more recent years, he has been an integral piece in the development of facilities to keep with career training needs of industry and continues to assess and work towards future needs of the District.
More information can be found at tulsatech.edu/about/hall-of-fame/.