Voices of Oklahoma
Voices of Oklahoma
Feb 15, 2022
Clarence Oliver
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Clarence G. Oliver, Jr., Ed.D., Emeritus Professor and former Dean of the College of Education at Oral Roberts University and retired Superintendent of Schools for Broken Arrow Public Schools, has enjoyed success in three distinct career fields—Journalism, Military, and Education. He has been a teacher, journalist, Army officer, school administrator, newspaper editor and publisher, author, community leader, university professor, and dean of a university college of education.

In 1955, Dr. Oliver moved to Broken Arrow from Ada, sight unseen, to teach at Broken Arrow Public Schools and rose to the rank of superintendent. He served in that role from 1974-1992.

Prior to his long-time career in educational administration, Oliver had an extensive journalism career, including serving as news editor of The Watonga Republican, a historic western Oklahoma newspaper; managing editor of the Broken Arrow Ledger and six other newspapers. He was also a Broken Arrow historian.

Clarence has authored several books including One from the Least, Disappearing Generation: A Memoir of a Depression Era Kid, and Tony Duffelbag … and Other Rememberances of the War in Korea.

He is a former, long-time member of the Oklahoma State Board of Vocational-Technical Education, serving during the administrations of Governors George Nigh, Henry Bellmon, and David Walters.

Clarence Oliver is an inductee in the Oklahoma Educators’ Hall of Fame and has been honored as a “Distinguished Alumnus” by both the University of Tulsa and East Central University. He also has been inducted into the Educators’ Hall of Fame for both the University of Tulsa and East Central University.
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