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MTCs Major Selected as One of Oklahomas Most Admired CEOs

The Perkins Journal of Perkins, Oklahoma

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Meridian Technology Superintendent/CEO, Dr. Douglas Major, has been selected by The Journal Record as one of Oklahoma's Most Admired CEOs.

Selection criteria included leadership and vision, competitiveness and innovation, community leadership and service, financial perfomance and growth, and corporate leadership and board service. An independent panel of judges selected Major for the honor. A dinner will take place at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to recognize Major with this award on February 16.

"It's an honor to be recognized. It takes a great team to make an organization strong," said Major. "At Meridian, our employees are passionate about our mission of providing customized education and training for individuals, industries and communities. Leading an organization that is making a positive impact is a privilege."

Since becoming CEO three years ago, Majorhasintroduced and led the organization in the implementation of several new initiatives designed to ensure that Meridian Technology Center programs and services continue to meet the needs of the district. These include the "Technology Centers That Work" school improvement model that focuses on student success in both technical content and academic subjects; "Business Excellence," an approach to reaching more businesses and delivering targeted education and training services through mutually beneficial relationships (a process he co-authored); embracing simulation training technology in areas such as health care, automotive and metal fabrication; new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiatives like pre-engineering and biotechnology; and engaging in a strategic planning initiative that involved all staff members.

Major is being honored in the nonprofit business category. An overall winner in the category will be announced at the dinner.

In his recommendation letter,

Director of Meridian's Center for Business Development, Dr. Ron Duggins, said, "As a leader Doug allows individuals to utilize their own experiences, intellect, skills, competencies, in short, their full self in the pursuit of the common vision of the institution." He added, "This approach allows the employees to he fully involved, knowing that both they and their input are highly valuable and important to the success of Meridian Technology Center."

During his tenure at Meridian Technology Center, Major also completed both his master's and doctoral degrees from OSU. In 2000, Ire was selected as the Superintendent/CEO of Pioneer Technology Center in Ponca City. He held this position before returning to Meridian Technology Center in November 2008 as Superintendent.

He has held offices in the Oklahoma Technology Center Superintendents' Association, the Oklahoma Council of Local Administrators, the Oklahoma Association of Career aid Technical Education and the National Council of Local Administrators for Career and Technical Education.

He serves as Vice President of the Administrative Division for the Association of Career and Technical Education. Major is a graduate of Leadership Stillwater and Leadership Oklahoma and was appointed by GovemorHenry to serve on the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.k

Original Publication Date: January 19, 2012

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