Senator Mike Schulz received the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Distinguished Service Award Friday, June 12, at a luncheon in the company of many leaders in Oklahoma higher education at the Quartz Mountain Lodge and Resort. Chancellor Glen Johnson presented the award to Schulz for his outstanding support of higher education during especially challenging budget years.
Schulz championed higher education in 2014 by working to provide a standstill budget for higher education with no budget cuts, when most state agencies faced budget cuts. He also supported higher education’s stance that the current law is working, and that there is no scenario where allowing guns on our campuses will do anything other than create a more dangerous environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors
In 2015 Senator Schulz supported the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship program, which has helped more than 65,000 students from working families in Oklahoma to attend college. During an extremely difficult budget year, Schulz helped to keep the budget cuts to higher education minimal.
Dr. Terry Mosley, Executive Director of the Quartz Mountain Resort and Lodge, welcomed guests to the luncheon and thanked Chancellor Johnson for his continued support of the lodge and resort. In 2002, Quartz Mountain became part of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education System. Mosley expressed his appreciation for Senator Schulz, the OSRHE and the Quartz Mountain Resort Board of Trustees for helping to accomplish the transition to the Regents and the success that it brought to the lodge. Mosely thanked both Senator Schulz and Representative Charles Ortega, also in attendance, for their continued advocacy of Quartz Mountain. “It’s made the difference…you recognize the vital role we play in the economy of Southwest Oklahoma,” said Mosely.
Mosley introduced Chancellor Glen Johnson who presented the Distinguished Service Award to Senator Schulz. Johnson said, “It’s great to be here today, for a positive and really exciting occasion, to present an award to one of our members of the legislature who has provided extraordinary service.” Johnson explained that the award was created six years ago as a way to recognize members of the legislature that “distinguish themselves… that do things over and above the call, by taking a stand that is important to higher education.”
Schultz accepted the award with many of his district and state higher education leaders present. James Harrel, Oklahoma State Regent; Dr. John MacArthur, President of Cameron University; Randy Beutler, President of Southwestern Oklahoma State College; Jack Bryant, President of Redlands Community College and Dr. Phil Birdine, President of Western Oklahoma State College, represented their institutions along with members of their administrative staffs.