- Career and technical education
Sally Downey brings a wealth of experience to East Valley Institute of Technology located in Mesa, Ariz. She has more than 40 years of education experience, with 25 of those in the career and technical field. Most of her experience was gained in Oklahoma’s widely-acclaimed, premier career and technical education delivery system. Since moving to Arizona in 2000, Downey has acted as the visionary for East Valley Institute of Technology, a Joint Technological Education District. She provides leadership and direction for the total operation of the school that includes an $11 million operational budget. She holds a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, and her accomplishments include the Arch Alexander Award for Outstanding Career and Technical School Superintendent in Oklahoma, Superintendent of the Year for the state of Arizona, Mesa Woman of the Year, Excellence in Education Worldwide Award from the North Central Association, and the Kerry Dunne Sustaining Leadership Award, East Valley Partnership.