CETES

2017 Distinguished Alumni

 
Ted Blodgett

Ted Blodgett

Distinguished Alumni 2017

Class of 1990

Bachelor's of Accounting

After graduating from CU, Blodgett earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. He is now the manager at Gary, Blodgett & Company PLLC, Certified Public Accountants.  His credentials include licensure with the Oklahoma Bar Association (OBS), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), and Accredited in Business Valuations (ABV).

Currently, Blodgett is the Immediate Past Chairperson of the Taxation Law Section for OBA. He is also affiliated with the American Institute of CPAs and the National Association of CVAs. He is a previous president for the Oklahoma Society of CPAs Board of Directors, as well as a past president for the Norman Chapter of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs. He is also a prior chairperson of the Business Valuable/Forensic & Litigation Support Committee for the Oklahoma Society of CPAs.

Active in his community, Blodgett is the Chair of the Audit Committee for the Norman Community Foundation, a previous treasurer of the Salvation Army in Norman, and a former chairperson of the Sooner District Friends of Scouting. In 2004, he received the Distinguished CPA Award from the Norman Chapter of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs. In 2014, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Accounting Hall of Fame. A dedicated supporter of CU, he is an Annual President's Partner.

 
DeDe Thorp Graham

DeDe Thorp Graham

Distinguished Alumni 2017

Class of 1966

Associate Degree in Arts with a Concentration in Journalism

A Cameron State Agriculture graduate of 1966, DeDe earned an Associate Degree in Arts with a concentration in Journalism. She then attended the University of Oklahoma (OU), where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1968. She earned her Master of Education degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 1975 and her Doctor of Education degree in administration from OU in 1985.

Prior to her retirement, Graham was the Superintendent of Snyder Public Schools for nearly two decades. Altogether, she invested in Oklahoma education for over thirty years, serving in the positions of Assistant Superintendent of Snyder Public Schools, Federal Programs Director of Snyder Public Schools, high school counselor for Snyder Public Schools, first grade teacher at Indiahoma Public Schools, and second grade teacher at Lawton Public Schools.

Graham also contributed to Oklahoma higher education as an adjunct professor at OU and Southwestern. She has presented research at various conferences, including the Technology in Education Conference in Kansas City. A recipient of numerous awards, she received the Outstanding Young Women in America award in 1982. In 2005, she was named the Honorary Commander by Altus Air Force Base, and in the same year, she received the Oklahoma Academic Achievement Award for Title I Schools. In 2008, the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Involved in her community, she is the president of the Stephens County Retired Educators Association, a member of Snyder Rotary Club and a youth group leader at Snyder United Methodist Church.

 
Jamie Polk

Jamie Polk

Distinguished Alumni 2017

Class of 1996

Master's Degree in Education

Prior to attending Cameron, Polk received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Mount Mercy College in Iowa, and after graduating from CU, she obtained a Doctoral degree in Educational Policy and Leadership.

Polk is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for Lawton Public Schools (LPS). She has served as an administrator in LPS for over ten years in her positions of Assistant Principal at Geronimo Road Elementary School and Principal at both Cleveland and Ridgecrest Elementary Schools. She has also been an adjunct professor for CU.

Heavily involved in academic organizations, Polk is a past president of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (XI Chapter), which promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. She is also a member of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administrators, the Oklahoma Educational Association, the National Educational Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and Phi Kappa Phi. In 2006, the University of Oklahoma recognized her as one of "75 in Our State Who Make a Difference in Education."

In 2009, Polk was a part of Leadership Lawton Class XIX, and in 2010, she was honored for her Outstanding Support of the 2010 Fort Sill African American History Month Observance. Giving back to her community, she is board member of Leadership Lawton, United Way, and the Lawton/Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce.

 

Contact Information

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Office of Alumni Relations
2800 W Gore Blvd
Lawton, OK 73505-6377

Location: CETES 202
Phone: 580-581-2988
Fax: 580-581-5560
alumni@cameron.edu

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