Fisher named Woodward Citizen of the Year

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Fisher named Woodward Citizen of the Year

January 25, 2010

 Dr. Deena Fisher
Dr. Deena Fisher, recipient of the Woodward Citizen of the Year award, was recognized last week for her accomplishment.
Dr. Deena Fisher, dean of Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Woodward, was named the Woodward Citizen of the Year by the Woodward Chamber of Commerce last week.

Surprised, amazed and honored described her feelings on receiving the award.

“I’m still in shock,” Fisher said.

Fisher was nominated for the award and a committee of past recipients chose her as the winner.

Four criteria were considered for the award:

• Volunteer service to the community;

• Accomplishments in city and area betterment;

• Character as a citizen;

• Civic leadership.

She believes it’s important to be actively involved in the community in which she lives and be on various leadership committees making policies.

Fisher actively serves on many committees, not only in the Woodward community, but at the state level as well.

Currently, she is involved with the Oklahoma Historical Society where she serves as the chair of the publication committee. She also is a commissioner for the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women, the president of Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum in Woodward, a member of the Woodward Industrial Board, vice president of the Woodward Chamber of Commerce and adviser for the William S. Key Citizen Advisory Board.

Fisher said she is proud to be on the senior staff at Northwestern. She believes the leadership skills she’s learned at Northwestern have positively influenced her roles on the state and local boards in which she serves.

“Dr. Fisher has done a wonderful job representing Northwestern in the Woodward community and is certainly deserving of the recognition,” said Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president. “Much of Northwestern’s success in Woodward is due to her hard work and dedication.”

“I’m proud to be a part of the driving force that makes Northwestern the premier university for this area,” Fisher said.

Fisher hopes that by being selected that she’ll inspire others to want to make a difference in the communities in which they live.

“My hope is that citizens will take active roles in their local city governments, school boards and hospital boards,” Fisher said. “I want every citizen to become a community cheerleader.”

“I’m proud to be a cheerleader for Woodward and the Woodward community, for Northwestern as our hometown university and for the state of Oklahoma.”