Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Garrett King Named OETA Board of Directors Chairman

From OETA, Sept. 12th, 2016 - The Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) board of directors has selected Garrett King of Weatherford as its next chairman, effective immediately. Clarke Stroud was elected vice chairman and State Superintendent for Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister was named secretary. Glen D. Johnson, J.D., remains on the board as past chairman.

"OETA's programming was a valued part of my childhood and upbringing in the peanut fields between Binger and Eakly in northern Caddo County, and now as a father myself I'm honored that my colleagues on the OETA board of directors have named me the authority's 23rd chair since C. F. Spencer's election in 1953," said King. "I look forward to working with OETA's dedicated and innovative staff, our partners at the OETA Foundation and in state government and with OETA's enthusiastic and tireless supporters to further our mission of providing essential educational content and services that inform, inspire and connect Oklahomans to ideas and information that enrich our quality of life."

King serves as assistant to the president at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He previously served on the personal staff for U.S. Representative Frank D. Lucas (OK-3). King is a 2008 graduate of SWOSU, where he studied history and political science. He and his wife, Carissa, have one daughter, Nellie.

Stroud is vice president for student affairs and dean of students at the University of Oklahoma and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from OU. Stroud and his wife, Robin, have two children, McKenna and Callahan, and reside in Norman. Tulsa’s Hofmeister was sworn in as Oklahoma’s 14th State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jan. 12, 2015. Hofmeister is a former public school teacher and small-business owner. She and her husband Gerald have four grown children.

Johnson is the eighth chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. He was previously the 16th president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the 35th speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Johnson has a bachelor’s degree and juris doctor from the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife Melinda reside in Oklahoma City.

Six members of the OETA board of directors are appointed by state statute and the remaining seven are appointed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and include King, Stroud, Hofmeister, Johnson, Richard Beck, D.M.A., (Claremore), vice president of academic student affairs at Rogers State University; Ms. Suzanne Lair (Tulsa), site principal at Jenks Public Schools; David Boren, J.D., (Norman), president of the University of Oklahoma; Ms. Denise Castelli (Oklahoma City), owner of LimeLight Productions; Mr. Burns Hargis (Stillwater), president of Oklahoma State University; Larry Rice, Ed.D., (Claremore), president of Rogers State University; Ms. Elaine Hobson (Norman), speech language pathologist; and James W. Utterback, Ph.D., (Seminole), president of Seminole State College.

In accordance with Oklahoma Statute, Section 70-23-105 (operative July 1, 1985), the authority meets at least quarterly. The authority meetings are typically conducted on the fourth Tuesday in February, April, June, August, October and December and begin at 1 p.m. at OETA, 7403 North Kelley Avenue, Oklahoma City. Board agendas and minutes can be found online at http://www.oeta.tv/about/board-of-directors/.


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