NSU'S Dr. Elwin Fite Given Prestigious Honor
Retired NSU professor, dean, and vice-president Elwin
Fite, has been selected for induction into the 2001 Oklahoma Higher
Education Hall of Fame. Dr. Fite is one of ten Oklahoma educators
honored October 16 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
in Oklahoma City.
Dr. Elwin Fite began his college career as a student studying violin
at Southwest Missouri State College. In 1941, he received his masters
degree from Northwestern university and went on to pursue his
Dr. Fite long and prestigious career as an educator and administrator began
in 1934 when he accepted his first teaching position as a Teacher and
Supervisor in the public schools of Missouri and Tennessee. He quickly
became the Assistant Professor of Education at Austin Peay State College
at Clarksville, Missouri; Supervisor of Student Teaching at George Peabody
College for Teachers at Nashville, Tennessee, and Chairman of the Department
of Fine Arts at Amarillo College in Amarillo, Texas, before he arrived
at NSU as an Associate Professor of Music in 1953. He transferred to the
Division of Education and Psychology in 1958 as coordinator of secondary
education and became chairman of the division from 1962 until 1963 when
he was name Dean of College.
On April 18, 1974, Fite's title was changed from Dean of College to Vice
President of the College and Academic Dean. Past NSU President, Robert
Collier said, "Fite has been serving in the capacity of a vice-president
since 1963 when he was name Dean of the College. But with the title change
it will more accurately define Dr. Fite's position.
Fite was then named as Interim President in July of 1977 with the departure
of Collier and served until April 1978, when his title was changed again
to Vice President of the University. Dr. Fite retired from NSU on June
30, 1979, but was retained as a consultant for the University.
Fite was also an active member of the community and served on the Board
of Directors for the Tahlequah Chamber of Commerce and was the President
for the Tahlequah Kiwanis Club. He is listed in Who's Who in American
Education, the National Registry for Prominent Americans, Who's Who in
America in 1971 and Outstanding Educators of America in 1971.
In 1979, almost one month before Dr. Fite retired from NSU, the Board
of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges resolved to bestow Dr. Fite with the honorary
title of "Professor of Education and Vice President of the University
Emeritus" citing him for life long works which brought distinguished
recognition to himself, Northeastern State University, and the state of