Executive Q&A: The son of an ice cream maker, Greg Winters, the Canadian Valley Technology Center chief executive, hasn't forgotten his Mangum roots, nor his father's advice 30 years ago when he took his first superintendent position in Choctaw.
by Paula Burkes Published: July 13, 2014
When Greg Winters, chief executive of Canadian Valley Technology Center, took his first superintendent's job some 30 years ago, his father - who was never a boss and always worked by the hour - gave him these two pieces of advice:
Photo - Greg Winters
No. 1: Don't ever act like you're the boss.
"If you're a good boss, everyone knows it," his
father told him.
No. 2: Don't ask anyone to do anything you're not willing to do yourself.
frequently reflected on that wisdom over his
long career in school administration, including - and especially - when an F-5 tornado destroyed the technology center's El Reno campus on May 31, 2013.
Winters, who was named Canadian Valley superintendent in May 2008, donned his boots and jeans and worked alongside his 260-member faculty and staff to salvage what they could from the campus and be ready by Aug. 15 to resume classes in an old car dealership in Yukon.
Among that campus, one in Chickasha and a third at SW 15 and Czech Hall Road, Canadian Valley serves more than 1,400 students.
oversees an annual budget of roughly $43 million.
, 61, recently sat down with The Oklahoman
to talk about his
life and career.