O’Dell graduates from William Woods University

Aerin O'Dell

Aerin O’Dell

The superintendent of the Orrick School District recently received her doctoral degree from William Woods University.

Aerin O’Dell of Orrick graduated with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership degree May 7.

A total of 836 degrees were conferred, including 18 Doctor of Education degrees.

Landscape artist William Cather Hook spoke at the undergraduate ceremony, and Marty Martin-Forman, recently retired chief operating officer of Fulton State Hospital and a past president of the Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center, addressed graduate students.

A professional painter for almost 35 years, Hook has received numerous awards for his work featuring the American landscape. His artwork is included in several permanent museum collections, and the book “Leading the West” references him as one of the notable influences on the Western art scene. When he is not painting plein air on the California Coast, in the Rocky Mountains or the desert Southwest, he paints out of his studios in Carmel, Calif., and Santa Fe, N.M.

The complete story is in the Tuesday, June 21, 2016 Richmond News.

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