JUNE 20, 2007

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Science, engineering and math center dedicated to
past OCCC president and visionary Dr. Robert Todd

Oklahoma City Community College honored its former president during the dedication ceremony of the Robert P. Todd Science, Engineering and Math Center on June 19.

The center was built by the students of OCCC by raising bond funds repaid through student fees. A plaque was unveiled featuring those students who helped build the facility. The center provides 11 new classrooms, 30 faculty offices, six group labs and two super labs to support students studying math and science. It also includes a world-class botany classroom and greenhouse. The 65,500 square foot addition also includes the center for learning and teaching (CLT), which includes an area specifically designed for on-line learning.

"The center is proof OCCC is moving forward and building the infrastructure to empower our current and future students to achieve a college education of the highest quality and value," said OCCC President Dr. Paul Sechrist. "Students majoring in science and mathematics are vital to the future economic growth of the city and state."

The new facility is the legacy and vision of Dr. Todd, who served as president of OCCC from 1995 until shortly before his death in 2005. Dr. Todd first came to OCCC in 1972.

"For 33 years, Dr. Todd spent each day at OCCC fulfilling his passion and aspiration to see each student be successful," Sechrist added. "Coming from an engineering background, Dr. Todd's passion for biotechnology and other science and engineering programs that make OCCC students competitive in the world market makes it even more fitting that the center bears his name."

The ceremony featured speakers, a plaque ceremony and tour. Speakers at the ceremony include Oklahoma State System for Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson and Board of Regents Chair Alice Musser. Dr. Todd's widow, Marge, and son Brian also said a few words.

Contact: Cordell Jordan, OCCC, (405) 682-1611, Ext. 7248