Cameron University staff member Alan Purdie has been honored with the Marshall Webb Award by the Oklahoma Veteran Education Specialist Association (OVESA) for his commitment to veterans. The award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions through constructive participation in veterans’ organizations and who demonstrate a deep sense of caring for the veterans as exemplified by the late Mr. Webb, former president of the Oklahoma Association of Veterans Coordinators and Counselors, now known as OVESA.
Master Sergeant (Ret.) Purdie served in the U.S. Army for more than 25 years. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army, Advanced Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, U.S. Army Career Counselor Course, U.S. Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, and the U.S. Army Primary Non-Commissioned Officer Academy. During his service, he received three Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, nine Army Achievement Medals and eight Good Conduct Medals.
Following his retirement from the Army in 2004, he joined the Cameron University staff as a work study student in October 2005 while pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He was named Veterans Certification Specialist in November 2007. For the past 12 years, he has worked tirelessly to provide outstanding service to Cameron University’s veterans, service members and dependents. He is committed to ensuring that Cameron students received their VA educational benefits in a timely manner and strives to provide the correct guidance to students starting their VA educational benefits. Purdie has been integral in the success of the CU Veterans Resource Fairs, which were instituted in 2016.
Cameron University honored Purdie with the Pickaxe Award in 2014, recognizing his dedicated to providing outstanding customer service to Cameron students.
November 20, 2019