Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin announced the formation of the Governor’s Education Advisory Committee, naming several key leaders in public education to join, including OSU Institute of Technology President Bill R. Path.
Committee members are representatives of schools, career-technology centers and colleges and universities that will advise the governor on education policy and aid in the development and implementation of the governor’s “Oklahoma Works” initiative.
The new initiative, announced in Fallin’s State of the State address in early February, seeks to develop local partnerships between the public and private sector to ensure that students have access to the education and training they need to find good-paying jobs after graduation.
“It’s an honor to be a part of this new education advisory committee and for OSU Institute of Technology’s mission to be recognized by Governor Fallin,” Path said. “The Oklahoma Works initiative seeks to build partnerships between public education institutions and private industry where our graduates will start their careers.
“This principle is the foundation that OSUIT was built on, and it’s my hope that our 70 years of experience with this model will assist high schools and universities forge new pathways to student success.”
In addition to Path, other members of the Governor’s Education Advisory Committee from higher education include Don Betz, University of Central Oklahoma president; Sean Burrage, Southeastern Oklahoma State University president; Cheryl Evans, Northern Oklahoma College president; Bo Hannaford, Northwestern Oklahoma State University dean of College of Professional Studies; Deborah Landry, Northeastern Oklahoma State University dean of education; and Joy McDaniel, Murray State College president.
Members from common education include Stacey Butterfield, Jenks superintendent; Anne Caine, Stillwater superintendent; Tom Deighan, Lawton superintendent; Derald Glover, Fort Gibson superintendent; Terry Grissom, Asher superintendent; Cliff Johnson, Latta superintendent; Sean McDaniel, Mustang superintendent; Rob Neu, Oklahoma City superintendent; Clark Ogilvie, Owasso superintendent; Jeff Pritchard, Seminole superintendent; Don Raleigh, Pryor superintendent; and Roydon Tilley, Chisholm superintendent.
Committee members from career technology include Jane Bowen, Moore Norman superintendent; Lindel Fields, Tri County Tech Center superintendent; Tom Friedemann, Francis Tuttle superintendent; Max Thomas, Chisholm Trail Technology Center superintendent; Tom Thomas, Great Plains Technology Center superintendent; and Phil Waul, Central Tech superintendent.