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Investiture of Dr. Bill R. Path

Investiture of Dr. Bill R. Path

Dr. Bill R. Path delivering his inaugural address to formal ceremony guests

Industry leaders and educational peers were among the speakers for the investiture ceremony of Dr. Bill R. Path, the fourth president of OSU Institute of Technology. The ceremony took place on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 3pm in Covelle Hall on the campus in Okmulgee.

A large crowd of community leaders, corporate partners, employees and students filled the auditorium at the investiture ceremony of Dr. Bill R. Path, the fourth president of OSU Institute of Technology during the first Wednesday of November in 2012 on the campus in Okmulgee.

Industry leaders and educational peers were among the speakers; each represented an aspect of OSUIT’s strong partnerships with global corporations, organizations and educational institutions. These partnerships were mentioned in each speaker’s presentation as the key factor that distinguishes OSUIT as a leader in technical education.

OSU President Burns Hargis talked about the critical role that OSUIT plays in carrying out the university’s land grant mission. “The OSU system was created to train great talent, do great research, and share both through extension with the state, nation and the world, and OSUIT is the crown jewel, in many respects, in fulfilling this land grant mission.

“OSUIT is one of the few institutions in the country that offers technical skills training for today combined with the critical thinking skills needed to transform into new technology skills for tomorrow. That combination is a powerful commodity – an overwhelmingly powerful one when you think about our industry partners; after all, they are the ones consuming the excellent product that we’re producing.”

Other speakers included Andy Lester, Chairman of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents; Dr. Glen Johnson, Chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education; Tony Rizzo from Komatsu America Corporation; Roger Tadajewski, executive director of the National Coalition of Certification Centers; Robert Bible, president of the College of the Muscogee Nation; and Brady McCullough, superintendent of Green Country Technology Center.

Dr. Path’s inaugural address included his accolades for the OSUIT faculty and staff and former president. “It is the immediate employability of our graduates that truly places OSUIT in a class by itself. Our primary customers are the employers who hire our graduates. So, here at OSUIT, we do our best to fulfill the workforce needs of employers, aligning our institution with the corporate world.

“You will see representatives from business and industry visiting this campus on a daily basis. We make no apologies for it. OSU Institute of Technology is a University of Jobs. This is not some kind of institutional anomaly. A mutually-beneficial partnership between higher education and corporate employers—allowing graduates far greater access to workforce opportunities – this is what higher education should look like.”

After Path’s address, he was presented with the presidential medallion and ceremonial mace, hand-crafted by OSUIT staff members. Two award-winning faculty presented the symbols to Path, Dr. Maria Christian and Jennifer Butler. A reception followed the ceremony, which included hors d’oeuvres prepared by OSUIT’s Culinary Arts students.