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This month’s NTHS Honor Roll spotlight is for our NTHS Board of Directors Historian, Dr. Greg Winters!
Dr. Winters was recently awarded the highest Career & Technical Education honor in the state of Oklahoma, induction into the Oklahoma Career Tech Hall of Fame. Dr. Winters’ 44-year career as an Oklahoma educator left a tremendous impact across the state and country. He has served in various roles ranging from teacher and coach to principal, superintendent, and board member for numerous organizations and associations. In each of those roles, Dr. Winters has always sought to make sure the people around him were equipped with the tools they needed to be successful in impacting the lives of their students.
“He is a master at building relationships, including those with community stakeholders,” said Dr. Gayla Lutts, Superintendent of Canadian Valley Technology Center and Chair-Elect of the NTHS Board of Directors. “Dr. Winters quickly becomes an integral part of every community he is associated with. This is due to his ability to make friends quickly with his larger-than-life, charismatic personality.”
For over 35 years, Dr. Winters has been an integral part of the National Technical Honor Society community as a member of our board of directors. “His passionate belief in the importance of honoring and empowering CTE students has helped NTHS impact over 1 million members. We could not have asked for a better advocate, leader, and friend,” said Peyton Holland, Executive Director of NTHS.
The first NTHS chapter chartered in Oklahoma was established by Dr. Winters at Eastern Oklahoma County Tech Center. As a result of his leadership, Oklahoma has grown from a single chapter to one of the country’s top NTHS state association models. The development of the NTHS Oklahoma State Council has led to the organization hosting state-level events and initiatives such as their annual State Leadership Conference, Day at the Capitol, and Oklahoma NTHS Scholarship Program.
To this day, Oklahoma consistently ranks in the top three states with the nation’s largest annual NTHS membership totals.
Allen Powell, NTHS Co-Founder and retired executive director, has always coined Dr. Winters as the “Official NTHS Evangelist.” “Dr. Greg Winters has been our longest-serving, most dedicated, and highly regarded NTHS advocate for over 35 years. Greg’s passion for CTE and NTHS has helped us grow and establish chapters throughout America,” said Mr. Powell. With his support, NTHS has grown from humble beginnings in South Carolina to be recognized as the honor society for Career & Technical Education across the country.
Patricia Poteat, NTHS co-founder, recommended Dr. Winters as a potential board member in 1987 after seeing the incredible work he was doing in Oklahoma. “Greg has earned the trust, admiration, and respect of his colleagues and fellow NTHS board members with his honesty, sincerity, and commitment to career and technical education. We are so appreciative of all he has done for NTHS and CTE. Being inducted into the Oklahoma Career Tech Hall of Fame is a well-deserved honor,” said Ms. Poteat.
Watch this quick video to learn more about Dr. Winters and some of the amazing accomplishments he has had over the course of his incredible career. One of the most notable accomplishments was bringing the community together to have the school ready to open just 72 days after the widest tornado on record destroyed Canadian Valley Technology Center’s El Reno Campus. You can learn more about that incredible effort in this video.
We are grateful to have such distinguished and passionate educators serving on our board and helping guide the vision of our organization. Congratulations to Dr. Greg Winters!