The Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award


Dr. Francis Tuttle
Former Director, Oklahoma Department of Vocational-Technical Education

 Dr. Francis Tuttle

Oklahoma State University is pleased to honor Dr. Francis Tuttle, who has devoted his professional life to education. After graduating from Wellston High School, he enrolled at Oklahoma State University, where as a freshman he served as state secretary of the Future Farmers of America and began a lifetime of professional and personal service to best interest of youth and adults in his state and nation.

Following graduation from OSU in 1942 and two years as a vocational agriculture teacher at Gotebo, he served with distinction overseas as an officer with the U.S. Army. In 1946 he returned to his career in education as a teacher and school superintendent in three Oklahoma communities. In 1964 the State Board of Vocational Education selected him to be the first coordinator for the Oklahoma Area Vocational-Technical School System. While working full time at his career, he found time to earn the master's and doctor's degrees, and in 1967 he was named state Director of the Oklahoma Department of Vocational-Technical School System, a position in which he continues to serve today. In that post, Dr. Tuttle established the Oklahoma Special Schools for industry Training Program, which has forged a partnership between the industrial and economic development efforts of the state and vocational education.

During his career, he has received many American awards and commendations, but his recognition as an outstanding professional educator has not been confined to the United states. He has served as a consultant to Sweden, Thailand, the USSR and the Peoples Republic of China.

Dr. Tuttle also has served as a consultant for industrial and economic development to the U.S. Department of Commerce and to numerous states, and as member of the Advisory Committee for the National Center for Research in Vocational Education. He is a member of the select Business Roundtable of the U.S. construction industry, has served as keynote speaker for many conferences and conventions, and is a writer of wide recognition in the field of vocational education.

Year of Award: 1982