Dr. Bruce Howell

Superintendent, Tulsa Public Schools

Dr. Bruce Howell’s career as an educator began in a one room country school in Southwest Iowa when he was 18 years old. Over the next forty-two years he was a teacher, coach, Superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools twice, and Dean of the College of Education at the University of Tulsa.

During his first term at TPS from 1973-1976, he played a role in desegregation and developed magnet programs. During his second term, 1990-1993, he led in the passage of bond issues, decentralized administration for more site-based management, and established both the Mayo Demonstration School and Eisenhower International School.

In 1969 Bruce heard Tulsa Tribune publisher/editor and historian, Jenkin Lloyd Jones, make a history presentation that he never forgot. And so, upon retiring as an educator, he took up the role of historian for Northeast Oklahoma. His books include: 1806: Settling the Cherokee Nation, Pathfinders: 19th Century Pioneers of Cherokee Territory, and Cherokee Echoes: Tales of Northeastern Oklahoma.

Interview with Dr. Bruce Howell

Program Credits:
Bruce Howell — Interviewee
John Erling — Interviewer
Mel Myers — Announcer

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Date Created: May 11, 2010

Date Published: September 9, 2019

Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.

Tags: Moscow, Communist Party, Denmark, Segregation, Booker T. Washington, Penny Wil-liams, Nancy McDonald, Oral Roberts, Ronnie Roberts, Tulsa Public Schools, Superinten-dent, Eisenhower Elementary, Carver Middle School, University of Tulsa, Dean of Educa-tion