Clarence Fortney became Great Plains Technology Center’s 7th superintendent on July 1, 2016. He succeeded Dr. Tom Thomas who served as superintendent for six years. During Dr. Thomas time at the helm Mr. Fortney served as Deputy Superintendent. He previously served as Director of Instruction, Director of Secondary Education and Director of Adult Career and Development. Mr. Fortney graduated from Great Plains high school welding program. He then became a teacher’s aide and lead welding instructor at GPTC before moving to the administration.
“Great Plains holds a special place in my life as I’ve either gone to school or worked here for 40 years”, Fortney said. “I’ve been fortunate to have learned from several Great Plains superintendents, especially the past three superintendents, Kenneth Bridges, the late Jim Nisbett and Dr. Thomas. They were all fiscally conservative, student centered and focused on economic development. I highly value those same traits.”
Fortney has served as Chairman of the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, President of the Lawton Fort Sill United Way Board of Directors and President of the Lawton Fort Sill Community Education Council. He is currently a board member of the Lawton Economic Development Corporation. He was appointed by former Gov. Brad Henry to serve on the Oklahoma Emergency Medical Services Council. He was named the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education “Educator of the Year” for the Administrative Division in 2010. He is an avid bicyclist and immensely enjoys his grandchildren. He and his wife are active in their local church.