Over 50 regents, employees, community members, family and friends all gathered in the President’s home on October 25, 2012 to honor former president, Dr. Carl O. Westbrook by dedicating the Connors State College (CSC) President’s home in his name. Dr. Westbrook was the 13th President of CSC and was the second longest serving contributing 16 years of leadership to the college. Current President, Dr. Tim Faltyn opened the dedication expressing the value of Westbrook’s time at the college, as well as the similarities of raising a family in that very house. October 25 also served as a dual purpose as it happened to be both Westbrook’s and Faltyn’s birthday. OSU A&M Board of Regent Chairman Andy Lester took the podium next to introduce distinguished guests who were present to honor Westbrook and to congratulate him for this great dedication. The ceremony was concluded with words from Westbrook. He spoke about the accomplishments he and his team achieved during his tenure and the progress that continues today.
During Westbrook’s time at Connors, several projects, programs and ideas were brought to life. Enrollment grew from 900 to over 2500, the top-notch nursing program was launched, Muskogee became an official branch campus, the men’s and women’s basketball teams won national championships, the livestock judging team garnered national attention and a 1,300 acre ranch was acquired south of Warner. These accomplishments are only a briefing of the success that Dr. Westbrook brought to Connors State College during his presidency.
The bronze plaque will become a part of the brick home for all to see when visiting the president’s home. Each president spoke about the importance of the president’s home serving as a place to build relationships and for this reason, many people will have to opportunity to see the new addition to the home for years to come.