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Jack Strain Receives Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 04/03/2017 District 3 Texas County Commissioner Jack Strain and crew received the 2017 Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award in recognition of their work with Panhandle State. Strain is pictured here with his family from left to right: John and Kali Singer, Jack and Gwen Strain, and Jake and Heather Strain. —Courtesy photoDistrict 3 Texas County Commissioner Jack Strain and crew received the 2017 Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award in recognition of their work with Panhandle State. Strain is pictured here with his family from left to right: John and Kali Singer, Jack and Gwen Strain, and Jake and Heather Strain. —Courtesy photo

Goodwell, Okla. — District 3 Texas County Commissioner Jack Strain and crew received the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award in recognition of their partnership with Oklahoma Panhandle State University. The award highlights successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses and seeks to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants.

Commissioner Jack Strain has been actively involved in the continuing development of Panhandle State and has contributed to many of the infrastructure improvements on the campus and university farm. Notable contributions include site work for the construction of the Noble Cultural and Activity Center; work on the campus street system and parking lots in conjunction with the construction of the Science and Agriculture Building; improvement of the roads around the campus ballpark complex; and improvement of the university farm roads. Most recently, Jack facilitated dirt work done at the site of the future Oklahoma Panhandle State University shooting range. This has enabled Panhandle State to qualify for a grant from the Department of Wildlife. The addition of the Shooting facility will allow Panhandle State to add academic Wildlife programs and shooting teams. Local shooting clubs and the local high school also benefit from this additional resource.

District 3 Commissioner Jack Strain is a Panhandle State graduate in accounting and serves on the OPSU Advisory Committee and the Panhandle Association of Alumni and Friends Board of Directors. Jack and his wife Gwen, also a Panhandle State graduate, handle the score clock and shot clock during OPSU home basketball games. Jack was an Alumni Hall of Fame Honoree in 2014.

Commissioner Strain and Oklahoma Panhandle State University have a model partnership that spans many years and has furthered the growth of Panhandle State and the surrounding Texas County Community.

Panhandle State President Dr. Faltyn said, “Jack Strain and his work are a blessing to the university and we are very proud of him as alumnus of Panhandle State. He does a great job for everyone in Texas county.”