DALE LATHAM

Raised in Olustee, OK, Latham graduated Olustee High School in 1981. Upon high school graduation he attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he graduated Cum Laude with a B.S., Education degree in 1985. Latham then returned to Olustee Public Schools in 1993 as the junior high and high school social studies instructor and coached various sports. In 2002, he joined the Altus Public Schools faculty as the social studies instructor at Altus Junior High where he coached basketball, softball and soccer.

In July of 2003, Latham joined the Southwest Technology Center staff as the Bid Assistance Coordinator where he provided marketing, contractual and technical assistance to businesses in southwest Oklahoma. At that time he assisted 58 companies with various local, state and federal contracting opportunities, providing a wide variety of services and specialized conferences to help market their goods and/or services. In July of 2004, Latham was promoted to the Director of Student Services/Assistant Campus director where he was responsible for the development, coordination, supervision, monitoring and performance of all activities and services relative to the general student population and partner schools. Additionally, as Director of Student Services, Latham was a key player in the alliance made between Southwest Technology Center and Western Oklahoma State College where students attending the technology center could earn college credit for certain coursework completed while in a technical training program.

After completing his Master of Education degree in 2005 with a major in administration, Latham re-joined the Altus Public Schools faculty in August of 2006 where he assumed the Assistant Principal position at Altus High School.  While at Altus High School he was responsible for operations in overall administration of the school; from monitoring students to coordinating with department heads concerning issues such as budget needs, curriculum issues and all other academic related tasks.

With 10 years of successful teaching and coaching experience, in addition to seven years of secondary education administration experience, Latham was welcomed back to Southwest Technology Center in July 2011 as Campus Director. In May of 2012, the Southwest Technology Center Board of Education announced Latham to be the next Superintendent of SWTC beginning July 1 of 2012.  While in his current role, Latham has served as part of the Political Action Committee (PAC) representative for the Oklahoma Department of Career Technology for the administrative division, co-chair representative for the superintendents of career tech education for career technology legislation in Oklahoma, member of the Chamber of Commerce board, board member for the Economic Development Corporation, Military Affairs Committee member and has been an Honorary Commander for 97th Maintenance Division of AAFB for the past two years.