The Oklahoma Department for Veterans Affairs (ODVA) has awarded University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz, Ph.D., the Don Betz Champion for Veterans Award. Betz, who has served as Central’s 20th president since 2011, is retiring this month.
The award, named in honor of Betz, was established to recognize Oklahoma higher education leaders who have worked to establish academic success for student veterans through advocacy, support and service.
"President Betz is a tireless advocate for student veterans and has been setting the standard for universities, not just in Oklahoma, but across the United States to increase their commitment and efforts in serving our nation’s veterans.” said Bradley Ward, director of veteran education for ODVA.
During his tenure at Central, Betz oversaw the development of UCO’s Veteran Higher Education Resources Office (VetHERO), earned Central the designation as a Yellow Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and earned recognition multiple times as a top school for student veterans and active military by The Military Times.
"It’s my honor to present President Betz with the Don Betz Champion for Veterans Award in recognition of his long-standing commitment to significantly improve higher education for student veterans through advocacy, support and service. We thank him for his commitment and servant leadership in forging a path of academic success for all student veterans in higher education,” said Gen. Ben Robinson, Oklahoma secretary of Veterans Affairs and Military.
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