Title: School System Administrator (Retired)
Location: Bartlesville, Oklahoma, United States
Imogene Klutts Chambers, Retired School System Administrator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in School Administration.
Ms. Chambers has been entrusted by the schools of Bartlesville since 1948 with the welfare of their students, whether as a teacher or as a long-serving administrator of Bartlesville Public Schools. Upon her retirement in 1994, she had been serving as treasurer of the district since 1985, and further served as an administrator and treasurer of the Oklahoma Schools Insurance Association until 1997. Ms. Chambers’ dedication was recognized with the 1993 Association of School Business Officials International Eagle Service Award for Outstanding Service to School Community, and Profession, as well as the sight of generations of students who have benefited from her financial stewardship.
Born in Okfuskee County, Oklahoma to Odes Klutts and Lillie Southard Klutts, Ms. Chambers attended East Central University to earn a BA in 1948 and married her husband Richard Lee Chambers in May of 1949. Between those years she served as a high school teacher of mathematics at Marlow Public Schools, and in 1950 she joined the faculty of Bartlesville Public Schools. Ms. Chambers returned to academia to earn an MS from Oklahoma State University in 1974, becoming an assistant superintendent of business affairs with Bartlesville Public Schools in 1977. In 1980, she completed an EdD from Oklahoma State University and continued to serve in as superintendent until 1987, when she became a financial accounting consultant for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Ms. Chambers served concurrently as treasurer for the school system from 1995 to 1994.
In addition to her role in education, Ms. Chambers also served as director of the Plaza National Bank of Bartlesville, now BOK Financial, from 1984 to 1994. She held a seat on the board of directors of the Mutual Girls Club of Bartlesville from 1981 to 2016, and is the author of “The Evolution of School Financial Accounting: The United States From 1910 to 1980 and Oklahoma from 1907 to 1980” published in 1980. Ms. Chambers is a former director of the board of the East Central University Alumni, and has supported the Oklahoma Association of School Business Officials and the Association of School Board Officials International. She is a life member of the Oklahoma Retired Educators Association, the Washington County Retired Educational Personnel Association, the East Central University Alumni Association, and the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association. She is very active in her Church, First United Methodist in Bartlesville, OK.