Association Administrator of the Year Award Recipients

DECA Inc. is proud to recognize the recipients of the inaugural DECA Association Administrator of the Year Award. These administrators, selected by their chartered associations, contributed to student success through their exemplary support of DECA in their schools, districts and communities. DECA is honored to have these individuals as representatives of the organization. 

Harriet Crawford, New Mexico DECA

Harriet Crawford currently serves as the Curriculum Assistant Principal at Highland High School in Albuquerque, N.M. As assistant principal, she travels with DECA chapter members to various state and international conferences, including three International Career Development Conferences in Atlanta, Dallas and Anaheim. According to her colleagues, she still plays an instrumental role in preparing students for competition by serving as a practice judge and accompanying them to their state CDC. She is a strong ally for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) department at Highland High School, making sure that the department’s needs remain a high priority. Her efforts to make CTE and DECA staples at Highland are a testament to her belief in preparing students for the future.

Linda Smith Floyd, Kentucky DECA

As Green County Area Technology Center Principal, Linda Smith Floyd has overseen the growth of the school’s DECA chapter. In less than one year, since Floyd spearheaded its inception, the chapter has grown to be the second largest chapter in the Green County School District. Floyd has also initiated marketing programs on campus to support students and the community. Floyd has directly impacted the chapter by supporting its many activities and working as a mentor for members, helping them with fundraising ideas and reward trips. She has held positions as a business teacher, department chair and area supervisor and is scheduled to earn her doctoral degree in educational leadership in December 2013.

Matthew Houseworth, Missouri Collegiate DECA

Matthew Houseworth founded the University of Central Missouri’s Collegiate DECA chapter in 2008, when he served as the university’s Enrollment Services Coordinator. With his continued support as an administrator and chapter advisor, the chapter has become the largest student organization at the university and the largest Collegiate DECA chapter in Missouri. He serves as a mentor for DECA members and helps them leverage Collegiate DECA as a vital tool for successful business careers. He currently teaches Business Communication at UCM and plans to pursue his doctoral degree in the near future.

Dr. Kevin Kopischke, Minnesota Collegiate DECA

Dr. Kevin Kopischke has served as the President of Alexandria Technical and Community College since 2004. His involvement with DECA began in 1976 and includes serving as an advisor and a Minnesota State Board member and chair.  He received the Minnesota DECA Outstanding Service Award in 1984 and the Minnesota DECA Honorary Life Award in 2004. His exemplary support of DECA includes monthly lunches with the leadership teams of local chapters to learn about their successes and challenges. His constant encouragement to CTE and Collegiate DECA faculty to participate on state boards and committees has helped make the programs integral components of education in Minnesota. Dr. Kopischke earned his Doctorate in Education from the University of Minnesota in 1996.

Dale Stephens, Utah DECA and Utah Collegiate DECA

Dale Stephens has served as the CTE Marketing Specialist for the Utah State Office of Education for over 25 years and is an active member of Utah DECA. He has developed and managed several career and educational programs that have impacted countless students, marketing educators and DECA advisors. To give more DECA members the opportunity to compete in conferences, Stephens established a special funding source to offset travel costs. He also founded an educational board to strengthen ties between Utah’s marketing curriculum, DECA and the local business community. Stephens is also a successful entrepreneur and owner of various business, including the Taco Time franchise.

If you would like to nominate an administrator from your chartered association for the 2014 Association Administrator of the Year Award, contact your chartered association advisor for details on submission guidelines and deadlines. The nomination process will begin later this year.

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