Peter Tirrell, Associate Director of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History located on the campus of the University of Oklahoma is the 2011 recipient of the Hugo G. Rodeck Award for Excellence.
Named for one of the founders of MPMA
, the Rodeck Award recognizes an individual member of MPMA
who has contributed significant service to the museum field within the MPMA
region and to MPMA
It is given infrequently and only in recognition of long and very distinguished service.
Recipients are noted for their contributions to the field of state, provincial and local history, art, anthropology or natural history, and are recognized nationally as leaders in the profession.
Tirrell served a pivotal and formative role in the strategic planning, design, and development of the $45 million project for the new 195,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility that houses the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.
He has long been a member of the Oklahoma Museums Association and served as vice-president and president of MPMA in addition to serving on the program committee and local arrangement committee for the annual conference.
Tirrell has served as board member for the American Association of Museums and president for the Association of College and University Museums and Galleries.
In addition to his duties at the museum, Tirrell also serves as adjunct professor, Museum Studies Program Online, for the OU College of Liberal Studies.
In 2008, he
was awarded the Kenneth E. Cook Faculty Award for his
excellence in teaching.