Faculty and Staff Spotlight

Faculty and Staff Spotlight

Recent news and accomplishments of OTC faculty and staff will be highlighted online regularly.  For previous features or more information, contact publicinfo@otc.edu.


Davis honored as Outstanding Philanthropic Fundraising Professional of the Year

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Ozarks Region Chapter (AFP Ozarks) has presented the Outstanding Philanthropic Fundraising Professional of the Year Award to OTC's Cliff Davis, vice chancellor and executive director of the OTC Foundation.  The award was presented at the 2012 National Philanthropy Day awards program, held Friday, November 16, at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield.

Along with the OTC Foundation Board of Directors and staff, Davis led the college's first-ever Major Gifts Capital Campaign to great success, bringing in $14,409,713, approximately $4.4 million above the original goal of $10 million.  Under Davis' leadership, the funding for scholarships, student support programs, and facilities has been dramatically increased, offering more opportunities for the community and its students.

AFP Ozarks, in collaboration with Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation (OHAF), sponsors the annual Philanthropy Day awards program to recognize the outstanding achievements of individual, foundation and corporate philanthropists, fundraising volunteers and professional fundraising executives.  Along with the Philanthropic Fundraising Professional honor, this year's award categories included Philanthropic Media Organization, Philanthropic Foundation, Philanthropic Business/Corporation, Volunteer Fundraiser, Philanthropist and Youth Philanthropist.  For more information about AFP Ozarks, visit www.afpozarksregion.afpnet.org.


OTC Brings Home Awards from 48th Annual MCCA Convention

Representatives from Ozarks Technical Community College have returned from the 48th Annual Missouri Community College Association Convention with four awards in hand, including one for a member of the college's faculty. Held in November in Kansas City, the convention drew hundreds of faculty, staff, and administrators from the 12 community college systems across the state.

Michael Pulley, instructor of English at OTC, received the Missouri Community College Association's Senior Service Award. Pulley has spent the majority of his career teaching at the high school and collegiate level, and has been a faculty member at Ozarks Technical Community College since the day the institution opened its doors in 1991. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Southwest Baptist University and a Master of Arts from the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

The Missouri Community College Association is a professional education association designed to promote the growth and development of Missouri's community colleges and community college employees. MCCA provides advocacy, education, information, and networking opportunities in service of the state's 5,700 community college faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees.


Dr. Higdon Receives Award from National Council for Marketing and Public Relations

Dr. Hal Higdon, chancellor of OTC, has received the Pacesetter of the Year award from the college's district of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR).  The Pacesetter of the Year award recognizes a community college president or CEO who has demonstrated excellence in leadership and support of the college's marketing and public relations efforts.  The award was presented at the NCMPR District 5 Conference, held September 23-25 in Wichita, Kan.

The Pacesetter of the Year award is given annually in each of NCMPR's seven districts.  District recipients are automatically in consideration for the national award, which is presented at the national conference.   The next national conference will be held in Chicago in March of 2013.

In addition to the Pacesetter of the Year award for Dr. Higdon, OTC's communications and marketing department brought home six awards for their efforts over the past year. The following awards were received:


  • Printed Class Schedule - for the OTC Profile, which is mailed throughout the OTC service area twice each year
  • College Video Program - for the college's monthly video newsletter
  • College Promotional Video - for the spotlight video on alumna Jacque Blauvelt, produced as a supplement to the OTC Profile


  • Promotional Campaign for a Special Event - for the "Back in Black" campaign, an internal effort to encourage graduating students to participate in the commencement ceremony
  • Foundation Annual Report - for the OTC Foundation's Annual Report document, which is mailed to supporters of the college once each year


  • Government/Community Relations Project - for the annual Community Day event

NCMPR is the only organization that exclusively serves marketing and public relations professionals at community and technical colleges. Headquartered in Greeley, Colo., the organization has more than 1,550 members from more than 650 colleges in the United States, Canada, and other countries.