OTC Chancellor Dr. Hal Higdon has been named the Chief Executive Leadership Award winner from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VI.
The award is given annually to “an outstanding president, chancellor, head master or system head” of an educational institution.
“I would like to thank CASE District VI for this honor, which recognizes leadership and service in support of education,” Dr. Higdon stated in a press release. “In my 13-year tenure at OTC, I have led by building trust with our community partners, faculty, staff and students – I dedicate this award to them.”
CASE is an international organization involved with more than 3,400 educational institutions around the world.
Dr. Higdon took over as OTC chancellor and president in 2006. Under his watch, OTC has increased enrollment more than 44 percent, opened new campuses in Christian and Taney counties, and helped the OTC Foundation raise more than $32 million for the college in two capital campaigns.
In addition to his work at OTC, Higdon also serves on the Board of Directors of the CoxHealth Systems, Burrell Behavioral Health and the Springfield Business Development Corporation, along with the Community Relations Board of the U. S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners and the Board of Directors for the United Way of the Ozarks.