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Jan 19, 2023

Panhandle State Communications

Local University Alumnus Honored at Retirement Celebration

A celebration was held on December 10th to honor the retirement of a local university alumnus and County Commissioner, Jack Strain. The event was attended by a large crowd of friends, family, and community members and was a fitting tribute to Strain’s many years of dedication and service to Texas County as Commissioner of District 3.

Strain graduated from Panhandle State in 1977 and has remained a loyal and active member of the alumni throughout his career. He has served in a number of leadership roles within the university, including as a member of the Alumni Association board of directors and as a volunteer mentor to many current and former students. The Strain family was recognized in 2001 as the Alumni Honored Family. In recognition of his many contributions, the university inducted Strain into its prestigious Alumni Ambassador Hall of Fame in 2014.

Strain started his career at Texas County District 3 in Texhoma, Oklahoma, in 2005, where he drove a truck and operated a motor-grader. A special election was held after Commissioner Hale passed away unexpectedly, where Jack and his wife, Gwen, decided it would be in their best interest for Jack to run for the office of County Commissioner. Strain won that election in December of 2005 and has held the office of County Commissioner for District 3 of Texas County since then.

During his remarks, Jack thanked the community for their support. Many spoke of his wisdom and advice at the event, his legacy will be one of service to others over self. President Dinger shared her thoughts that evening saying, “As an alumnus, County Commissioner, and friend, Mr. Strain has been a tireless supporter and an incredible partner with the university. I hope his retirement means we will enjoy seeing him on campus even more often.”

The retirement celebration was a heartwarming event that brought together a community of people from all walks of life to celebrate the legacy and achievements of a dedicated and influential member of the university community.

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