24 Mar, 2016

PetroSkills instructor inducted into Oklahoma University College of Education Hall of Fame

Perry Lovelace accepts his Hall of Fame award from OU College of Eduction Dean, Greg Garn.

One of our distinguished instructors, Perry Lovelace, was inducted into the Oklahoma University College of Education Hall of Fame on March 4, 2016.  He was honored with this award for his 50 years of teaching innovation.  With over 22,000 graduates from the OU College of Education, only about 100 Alumni are in the Hall of Fame.

Perry started instructing for OGCI in 1996, introducing facilities programs to the upstream curriculum.  When PetroSkills was founded in 2000, he played an active role in the development of the Facilities Discipline.  Then, in 2003, he joined John M. Campbell Co. as Manager of Facilities Development and spent the next decade in various management roles at JMC while teaching his courses until his retirement from employment in 2012.  He still teaches for PetroSkills as a Sr. instructor/consultant.  His courses are OM-21: Applied Maintenance ManagementOM-41: Maintenance Planning and Work Control and OM23: Essential Leadership Skills for Petroleum Professionals.

Perry now lives in Langley, Washington with his wife Judith. He is a Commissioner in the Bayview Beach Water District and continues his teaching.  Perry and Judith, a professional Relationship Coach, are also active Unity of Whidbey, South Whidbey Yacht Club and other community support activities.

Prior to moving to Whidbey, Perry lived in Edmonds, WA from 1975 to 1989 where he was a founding member of the Western Washington Solar Energy Association, created and taught the Conservation and Renewable Energy curriculum leading to an Associate’s degree at Edmonds Community College.  With his non-profit Pacific Energy Institute, he pioneered residential energy auditing with Snohomish PUD, Seattle City Light and Puget Power (now PSE).  He also wrote and taught the initial Energy Audit program for Schools and Hospitals in Washington. Between Edmonds and Langley he spent 25 years in Santa Fe, NM continuing his international teaching and curriculum development innovations.

Growing up in Oklahoma, his public school education through Bachelor of Science (Ed) in 1965 and Master of Science (1967) at OU, supported by his learning-focused family, instilled in him an insatiable curiosity about nearly everything.  At OU, that curiosity was honed and embedded in the joy of teaching and helping others learn.  He continued his education at the University of California Berkeley in pre-Doctoral studies.  A lifelong learner himself, Perry says, “I teach because I learn, and watching inspiration emerge in others is pure joy for me”.

If words could describe Perry’s 50 year teaching career they would be:

  • Innovative

  • Inventive

  • Dedicated to Learning

  • Making a difference

Over his fifty years of teaching Mr. Lovelace has:

  • Taught over 15,000 learners in his classes ranging from Grade 7 through working professionals.  He has taught a wide variety of subjects including basic science & math, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Stewardship, Renewable Energy, Energy Management, Project Management, Technical Facilities Maintenance, and Leadership Skills for Technical Professionals.

  • Developed and assisted in innovative learning programs at many levels, including: High School Science, Team sports, Community College degree programs, University Bachelor’s degree programs, Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Facility energy auditing, and PetroSkills’ competency-based technical training for career professionals.  Many of these programs still exist and have been adopted by companies and schools worldwide.  Thousands of learners have attended these programs and are applying their skills in today’s workplace.

  • Worked with many nationalities in many countries, including: USA, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Nigeria, Angola, Germany, Romania, Austria, Azerbaijan, and others.  Through his Instructor and Consulting role, Mr. Lovelace describes himself as an ambassador of learning and a bridge-builder for peace among all peoples.

PetroSkills would like to congratulate Perry Lovelace on his accomplishments, and look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come.