Wayne Snoozy, a 1963 BHSU science major, is recipient of the excellence in education award for his work as a teacher, coach, administrator, and volunteer. Born in Rapid City and after attending high school in Belle Fourche, he left South Dakota to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps but returned to the Black Hills to complete his college education.
After marrying his college sweetheart, he moved west to begin his teaching career at Klamath County, Ore., where he taught and coached at Bly High School. Thus began a 33-year career in education, all in Klamath County. He taught and coached at Chiloquin High School; he was a teacher at Altamont Junior High School and a principal of Fairhaven and Altamont elementary schools.
In 1990 he was named outstanding elementary school principal in Oregon and later was named as a national distinguished principal. He was recognized for his educational reform and raising thousands of dollars for special education and the trainable mentally handicapped and his work with the American Cancer Society. He has served on numerous civic and educational boards over the years.
Snoozy and his wife, Shari, are the parents of five grown children.