Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fallin Names Phil Lakin Jr. To Board Of Education

Governor Fallin today appointed Phil Lakin, Jr. of Tulsa to the State Board of Education.

He replaces Democrat Tim Gilpin of Tulsa, the leader of a group that tried to thwart newly-elected Superintendent Janet Barresi last January.

Since 1999, Lakin has been the chief executive officer of the Tulsa Community Foundation, the largest community foundation in America.

Prior to that, Lakin served as regional director of development for Baylor University. Lakin is also the current president of the Tulsa Educare early childhood education centers and serves on the board of the Tulsa Community College Foundation.

Additionally, he is active in numerous civic organizations such as the Folds of Honor Foundation, Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc., the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, Tulsa United Way and the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

“Phil Lakin is an accomplished civic leader who is absolutely dedicated to improving student achievement,” said Fallin. “I know he’ll work well with our other board members and Superintendent Barresi to pursue the improvements in education that Oklahoma’s children deserve.”

Lakin is a graduate of Jenks High School and serves as secretary of the Jenks Public Schools Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s of business administration, both from Baylor University.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Governor Fallin, Superintendent Barresi and other board members to help provide a high quality education to every child in Oklahoma. Nothing is as important to Oklahoma’s future and the long-term health of our economy as improving education and developing a more educated, highly skilled workforce.”

Lakin and his wife Adriane have been married 15 years and have three sons: Brooks, Alex and Cooper. All of his children attend Jenks Public Schools.

The appointment requires Senate confirmation.

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