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Eastern Regent Loise Washington to make presentation Feb. 24 in honor of Black History Month

2/18/2016

WILBURTON, OK (Feb. 18, 2016) – Eastern Oklahoma State College will celebrate Black History Month on Wednesday, Feb. 24 with a presentation titled “The Importance of Education, Dedication and Attitude” by Regent Loise Washington.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. in the Johnnie Wray Theatre in Pratt Hall. Washington will share her personal story and how her education and attitude served as key ingredients in the recipe of her life.

A native of McAlester, Washington spent the majority of her career working with former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Carl Albert. She served as his appointment and scheduling secretary from 1971 to 1977. After his term, she continued as his administrative assistant in McAlester from 1977 to 1998. She also served as executive coordinator for McAlester’s Local Workforce Development Council from 2001 to 2003. Washington has also been an active member of many state and community organizations including Leadership Oklahoma, McAlester Rotary Club, Beta Iota of E.S.A., McAlester Economic Development Board, McAlester Public Library Board, and the Tri-County Leadership Advisory Board.

Washington was originally recommended to Eastern’s Board of Regents by former Sen. Richard Lerblance in 2007. Her appointment was then approved by former Gov. Brad Henry. In 2014, Sen. Larry Boggs recommended her to Gov. Mary Fallin for another seven-year term.

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