Natalea Watkins Communicator of the Year

Nominations open.

The Oklahoma College Public Relations Association presents the Natalea Watkins Communicator of the Year Award to an individual whose service and leadership have set a high standard for others. The recipient must demonstrate leadership that has had a positive influence for the recipient’s institution as well as for the state system of higher education. Nominations for the Watkins Award, OCPRA’s most prestigious award, are accepted from individuals who work for an OCPRA member institution or OSRHE Communicators Council member institutions.

Nominations are reviewed each fall by the selection committee, which is comprised of previous Watkins Award recipients.

The OCPRA Board of Directors, working with OSRHE Communicators Council, created the Communicator of the Year program in 2003. The first award recipient was Natalea Watkins, longtime associate vice president for communications at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. So effective was her leadership in both OCPRA and Communicators Council that, beginning in 2004, the award was renamed the Natalea Watkins Communicator of the Year Award.

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  2017 - Angela Caddell    Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications   Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

2017 - Angela Caddell

Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

  2016 - Catherine Bishop   Vice President for Public Affairs  University of Oklahoma

2016 - Catherine Bishop
Vice President for Public Affairs University of Oklahoma

  2015 - Adrienne Nobles   Assistant Vice President for University Communications   University of Central Oklahoma

2015 - Adrienne Nobles
Assistant Vice President for University Communications
University of Central Oklahoma

  2014 - Jamie Glover   Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management  Cameron University

2014 - Jamie Glover
Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
Cameron University

  2013 - Amy Ford   Director of Communications and Marketing  East Central University

2013 - Amy Ford
Director of Communications and Marketing
East Central University

  2012 – Gary Shutt   Director of Communications  Oklahoma State University

2012 – Gary Shutt
Director of Communications
Oklahoma State University

  2008 – Lana Reynolds   Vice President Institutional Advancement  Seminole State College

2008 – Lana Reynolds
Vice President Institutional Advancement
Seminole State College

  2011 – Paula Gower   Director of Marketing and Public Relations  Oklahoma City Community College  (At OBU since 2012)

2011 – Paula Gower
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Oklahoma City Community College
(At OBU since 2012)

  2007 – Susie Brown   Director of Marketing Communications  Tulsa Community College

2007 – Susie Brown
Director of Marketing Communications
Tulsa Community College

2004 – Bill Guffey
Director of Public Relations (Retired)
Carl Albert State College

  2010- Mary Bea Drummond   Director of Marketing and Communications Services  Oklahoma State University-Tulsa

2010- Mary Bea Drummond
Director of Marketing and Communications Services
Oklahoma State University-Tulsa

  2006 – Randy Talley   Director of Media and Community Relations  The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma  (Retired from USAO in 2013)

2006 – Randy Talley
Director of Media and Community Relations
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (Retired from USAO in 2013)

  2009- Brian Adler   Director of Public Relations and Marketing  Southwestern Oklahoma State University

2009- Brian Adler
Director of Public Relations and Marketing
Southwestern Oklahoma State University

2005 – Donna Spain-Bryant
Oklahoma GEAR UP