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January 2012

Oklahoma State Regent for Higher Education Establishes Scholarship in Name of Paden


Oklahoma City Community College Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, Marion Paden
The Distinguished Leadership Award is named in honor of Dr. Marion Paden, OCCC vice president for enrollment and student services.

Recently established by Oklahoma State Regent for Higher Education John Massey, the Dr. Marion Paden Distinguished Leadership Award is granted in the name of Oklahoma City Community College’s vice president for enrollment and student services. The Dr. Marion Paden Distinguished Leadership Award will, for the first time this spring, recognize OCCC civic honors students who demonstrate academic excellence, outstanding campus involvement and quality commitment to service in the Oklahoma City community.

A percentage of the $15,000 endowed scholarship from Regent Massey will be awarded annually to a deserving student on a case-by-case basis. Students have their first opportunity to vie for the scholarship this spring; applications are due Friday, March 16, 2012 at 5 p.m. Students can pick up an application packet at the OCCC Office of Enrollment and Students Services.

The new civic honors program, which is part of the service-learning program, is an option open to all students, especially students interested in service learning. The program allows students to gain insight into society’s needs though civic involvement, leadership skills and expanded awareness of self and others.

About Regent John Massey
John Massey was appointed an Oklahoma State Regent of Higher Education by Gov. David Walters in May 1992. This began what would be his first of three nine-year terms as a regent. In 2001 and 2010, Massey was reappointed, allowing him to serve until 2019. As well, his reappointments make him the first, three-term state regent in 27 years. OSRHE is the constitutional coordinating board for Oklahoma colleges and universities, responsible for allocating state funds, setting admission standards and academic policies.

Massey has a longtime career in the banking business and serves as chairman of the board of First United Bank and Trust, headquartered in Durant, Okla. He is also chairman of Durant Enterprises Inc. and serves on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

Massey was elected Oklahoma State Representative in 1960 while a senior in college and served two terms. In 1964, he was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate where he also served two terms.

Massey served in the U.S. Army from 1954-57 and was a member of the National Guard from 1953-54 and 1957-61. During his service, he was nominated by his fellow soldiers to receive the distinction of Soldier of the Year.

Massey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. Today he is active in several civic and professional organizations and has served on the State Ethics Commission, the Oklahoma Historical Society board, the board of the Bank of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Securities Commission.

Massey was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2009, he was inducted into the Oklahoma City Community College Hall of Fame and received the prestigious Leadership Oklahoma Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2010.

About Marion Paden
Since 1992, Dr. Marion Paden has served as vice president for enrollment and student services at Oklahoma City Community College. Prior, she served as the dean of students and the director of student relations at OCCC.

Throughout her career Paden has dedicated herself to enriching the lives of the students by breaking down barriers, creating opportunities and illustrating the importance of commitment and dedication to the community.

Her civic involvement includes serving on the boards of Christmas Connection, American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma, Salvation Army, Cultural Development Corp. and Rotary International Club 29. As a member of Leadership Oklahoma City Class XI, she has continued to volunteer for the group serving as president of the alumni association, as adult program co-chair, and on the executive committee and advisory board.

Paden currently serves as co-chair for Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL (Linking OKC's Young Adult Leaders) program, and volunteers with the Festival of the Arts.

For more information about Dr. Marion Paden Distinguished Leadership Award, please call (405) 682-7595.

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