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October 27, 2013

CareerTech to induct five into Hall of Fame on Nov. 6

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater’s Norman Filtz and Glencoe’s Dwight Stoddard will be two of five 2013 inductees into the Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame.

The ceremony will be Nov. 6 at the Oklahoma State University Conoco-Phillips Alumni Center in Stillwater. Other inductees are Harold F. Anglin, Alvin, Texas, formerly of Pryor; the late Frank Coulter; and Kay Martin, Oklahoma City.

The 2013 class of inductees will increase the Hall of Fame membership to 70.

The Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by the Oklahoman Foundation for Career and Technology Education, was founded in 1990. Previous inductees include governors, college deans and professors, business and industry leaders, educators and CareerTech faculty, staff and agency members.   

“Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame inductees have contributed significantly to the positive impact and value of the CareerTech system in the lives and businesses of Oklahomans,” said Robert Sommers, CareerTech state director. “This year’s inductees exemplify leadership, vision, hard work and commitment, which are why we succeed.”

Growing up on the family farm near Orlando, Filtz learned the value of hard work early and gained an entrepreneurial determination and a love of farming. He was active during high school in the CareerTech student organization FFA, serving as president of the Orlando chapter.

Graduating from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, Filtz found a new career path when working at the bursar’s office part-time. He was promoted to assistant bursar and then was hired as a bookkeeper at the Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education, now CareerTech.

During his 37-year career, Filtz saw the agency budget grow to $180 million and the process for maintaining financial records evolve from hand-posting to using accounting software. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1965 to 1995, earning a Meritorious Service Medal and an Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He retired as chief warrant officer three.

Filtz received Oklahoma CareerTech’s Arch Alexander Award and the Honorary State FFA Degree. The Association of Educational Federal Finance Administrators proclaimed its 31st conference in honor of Filtz.

Stoddard, raised in Lawton, graduated from OSU with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics before being commissioned as a second lieutenant through the OSU Army ROTC. He served two years on active duty in Chun Chon, Korea, and continued in the Army Reserve for 28 more years, retiring as a colonel in 1994.

After returning from military service, Stoddard worked as a business manager and became owner of a large chinchilla ranch near Glencoe. He returned to OSU and completed a degree in accounting. In 1974, he was hired as a field auditor for the Federal Manpower and Development Program at the Oklahoma Department of Vocational and Technical Education.

He later completed a masters’ degree in accounting and was promoted to CareerTech internal auditor, supervisor of internal audits and audit manager. He retired after 33 years with the agency. He received the Arch Alexander Award and the National Association of State Directors of Vocational Education’s Distinguished Service Award.

Stoddard serves on the Oklahoma CareerTech Foundation, the Oklahoma FFA Foundation and OSU Ag-Ed Scholarship Inc. He has received numerous awards from both the state and national FFA organization and is an active volunteer in Stillwater.

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