North Powder School District Superintendent Lance Dixon was honored as the 2019 Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award winner on Monday, May 6. The award was announced at the InterMountain Education Service District’s 8th annual Crystal Apple “Excellence in Education” Awards at the Gilbert Event Center at Eastern Oregon University.
The award is sponsored by Mid-Columbia Bus Company and the IMESD. The purpose is to recognize a school administrator from a Mid-Columbia Bus Company school district who exemplifies the same qualities for which Doug Flatt was legendary. Flatt was the chief executive officer of Mid-Columbia Bus Company and died in a plane crash while on business. In guiding the growth and operation of MidCo, Flatt exemplified the finest qualities of leadership, attention to detail, service to his community, interpersonal relationships and customer service.
Each year, only one administrator in all of Umatilla, Morrow and Union counties receives the Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award. Mid-Columbia representative Chuck Moore, Region Vice President, presented the award along with Dr. Mark Mulvihill, IMESD superintendent.
In his speech, Mulvihill said Dixon was instrumental in the transformation of North Powder into a Charter School, earning additional funding to support the vision of enhanced CTE programs. Dixon played a critical role in the merger of Union-Baker and Umatilla-Morrow ESD into Intermountain ESD. Dixon’s greatest achievement, Mulvihill said, has been his leadership of the district through a successful $6 million bond passage to renovate and replace facilities.
“Lance Dixon possesses a tireless work ethic and commitment to his community. He is knowledgeable, open, and not afraid to make difficult decisions. He is constantly trying to improve the experience for kids,” said Mulvihill.
Dixon said he was extremely honored to receive the Doug Flatt award and credited his family, staff, school board members, administrative peers and mentors and community who have made his accomplishments possible. “This award is a reflection of the work and hours put in by many others, and I am grateful for all they do. North Powder is a great place, with great people and I will always bleed crimson red and royal blue,” said Dixon.
During his career, Dixon has been a teacher, coach, athletic director, principal and finally a superintendent. He has been the North Powder superintendent for 14 years, making him one of the most tenured administrators serving in one district in Oregon.