Ada native Dr. John Clinton and Ada sisters Grace George and Mattie Warren, all graduates of East Central University, will be inducted into ECU’s Gene and Evelyn Keefer Educators Hall of Fame on June 19.
The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in ECU’s Danley Hall atrium.
The Educators Hall of Fame is sponsored by Janice Diamond and Paul Keefer, the children of Gene and Evelyn Keefer, to recognize ECU-prepared educators at any level who have made a significant contribution to the field of education.
The Hall of Fame is dedicated to the Keefers and other parents like them who could not afford to go to college but who made it a priority that their children have that opportunity.
The inductees are as follows:
DR. JOHN CLINTON
Dr. John Clinton is dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design and the founder of the Oklahoma Center for Arts Education at the University of Central Oklahoma. He also is the conductor of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra. For 33 years he was a teacher and director of fine arts for Norman Public Schools.
After graduating from ECU in 1969, Clinton earned a master of music education degree from the University of Oklahoma and completed a Ph.D. in music education at the University of North Texas with emphases in orchestral conducting, string pedagogy and sociology.
He has conducted All-State orchestras in 13 states, led the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra on five international tours and presented papers and seminars at regional, national and international conferences.
Clinton has been named a University of Oklahoma School of Music Distinguished Alumni Fellow, Oklahoma Music Educators Administrator of the Year, Oklahoma String Teacher of the Year and the National Interscholastic Music Association Outstanding Music Educator. He is a member of the Oklahoma Music Educators Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame and received a Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Music Education.