Higher education opens a vast array of opportunities in not only obtaining a valuable career, but prolonging a lifetime of continual learning, according to Paddack.
“I have been blessed beyond belief that I have been given opportunities to use my education and to continue to learn through the work I’ve done,” she said. “I loved my time here at ECU in the education department. Great professors like Jack Paschall, Ben Harper, Nedra Sears, Ralph Sharp and more, all served to challenge me then to do my best. I came back after graduation and had the privilege to be adjunct faculty and that too was a wonderful learning experience for me. I am so grateful for my time at ECU.”
Three other Distinguished Alumni were honored – William C. Thrash (posthumous), Becky Gallup Payton and Bill G. Lance.
Paddack, who serves District 13 in Oklahoma, had the opportunity to deliver the keynote address at the 2013 fall commencement ceremony in December. Payton and Lance will deliver speeches at ECU’s commencement exercises on Saturday, May 10. Payton will be the keynote speaker at the 10 a.m. ceremony while Lance will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony.