In celebration of 20 years of excellence in education and to honor his commitment, dedication and service to the East Valley Institute of Technology, the main campus located at 1601 W. Main St. in Mesa was officially renamed the Dr. A. Keith Crandell Campus on Dec. 12.
“For many years, EVIT has been referred to as the house that Keith built. Thanks to his perseverance, vision and determination, thousands of students have been turning their passion into a paycheck” said Superintendent Dr. Sally Downey.
Dr. A. Keith Crandell began teaching business classes in Mesa in September 1958. While serving as director of vocational education for the Mesa Unified School District, he thought up a plan to bring all students interested in vocational classes to one location. The idea began, with students from Mesa’s then-three high schools attending Mesa Vo-Tech in the early 1970s. Crandell then led the crusade to form Arizona’s first joint technical education district, which voters approved in 1990.
Mesa Vo-Tech was renamed East Valley Institute of Technology.