Sally E. Downey, Ed.D.
Dr. Sally Downey brings a wealth of experience to East Valley Institute of Technology located in Mesa, Arizona.
She has more than 40 years of education experience, with 25 of those in
the Career and Technical field. Her experience covers teaching and
counseling, as well as administration.
Most of her experience was gained in Oklahoma’s widely-acclaimed, premier career and technical education delivery system.
Since moving to Arizona in 2000, Dr. Downey has acted as the visionary
for East Valley Institute of Technology, a Joint Technological Education
District (JTED). She provides leadership and direction for the total
operation of the school that includes an $11 million operational budget.
Approximately 3,000 students attend the EVIT campus with another 20,000
attending EVIT satellites. Her main goal is to raise the bar for
career and technical education programs as well as promoting and
developing new programs.
Dr. Downey is a dynamic and charismatic leader and a driving force in career and technical education today.
She holds a Masters degree and a Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma and her accomplishments include:
Arch Alexander Award for Outstanding Career and Technical School Superintendent in Oklahoma
Outstanding Adult Educator (OCLLA)
Educator of the Year, Region IV (AVA)
Outstanding Educator, New & Related Services Division (OVA)
Superintendent of the Year for the State of Arizona
Mesa Woman of the Year
Excellence in Education Worldwide Award from the North Central Association
Kerry Dunne Sustaining Leadership Award, East Valley Partnership