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Orange Pride: Michelle Boyd

Michelle Boyd drives 1½ hours from Checotah to Tulsa every morning for what she considers an honor – to work at OSU-Tulsa.

“It’s worth the drive,” she said. “I love the people here. It’s a fun place to work.”

Boyd is the latest recipient of the Orange Pride Award for Employee Excellence. The award recognizes employees who have demonstrated outstanding customer service skills and who go above and beyond their normal job duties.

As purchasing coordinator for OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences, she is responsible for helping departments navigate state and federal laws as they buy everything from technical services to physical plant items.

She also is a certified procurement officer for the state.

“Pretty much everything you see here goes through a bidding process and through our department,” Boyd said. “I like helping people get what they need and making sure they’re doing it legally. We are spending taxpayer dollars so we must be diligent.”

She came to OSU-Tulsa from Connors State College where she began her career in purchasing as a student worker.

“Honestly, I believe most purchasing people don’t specifically choose this field,” Boyd said. “As a student worker, a position came open in purchasing. I was encouraged to apply and was given the job. Then once I got into it, I really liked it.”

Some may not recognize how she looks now compared to when she joined OSU-Tulsa 2 ½ years ago. After having weight-loss surgery, she has lost nearly 110 pounds.

“It’s a journey. It’s not for everybody,” Boyd said. “You have to be dedicated. It’s a lifelong commitment.”

She and her husband had surgery the same day and he has lost about 80 pounds.

It has helped them keep up with their two grandkids and, yes, their pet deer.

“I call the deer my little herd,” she said. “I don’t think there are many people who have pet deer in their front yard.”

The Boyds have permits for the deer and must have their pen inspected annually.

They bottle-fed their first two deer. And now they have five – Bucky, Jane Doe, Luke, Daisy and a baby as yet unnamed. Boyd’s two pit-bull mixes, Diesel and Dually, round out the menagerie.

The deer are particularly a comfort to Boyd now as her 21-year-old son heads off to train conductor school in Colorado. He is the last of her three children to leave the nest.

“It’s so nice to wake up in the morning and see my little herd out there,” she said. “They’re beautiful.”

It’s all part of the appeal of living in the countryside.

“I don’t mind driving in to Tulsa every day at all. I listen to music and Books on Tape,” Boyd said. “And I get to work with such great people doing a job I truly enjoy.”

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