Monday, January 25, 2021

Stitt appoints Trent Smith to State Board of Education


GOVERNOR STITT APPOINTS TRENT SMITH TO STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

OKLAHOMA CITY (January 22, 2021) — Governor Kevin Stitt today announced he has appointed Trent Smith to the State Board of Education, filling the vacant seat for Congressional District 3.

“Trent Smith will put the future generation of Oklahomans first, which is why I nominated him to fill this seat and why I trust he will be critical in helping Oklahoma become a Top Ten state in education,” said Gov. Stitt. “Trent brings a wealth of experience as a businessman, community leader and parent and I look forward to his contributions to our state’s success by putting students first.”

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he was a 4-year starter, team captain and national champion on the OU football team, Smith currently serves as a commissioner on the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. He is a successful businessman and community leader who started numerous companies in Oklahoma City and is a member of the Young President's Organization in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. He and his wife live in Yukon with their two children.

QUOTES OF ENDORSEMENT:

“I am happy to carry the nomination of Trent Smith to the State Board of Education. Trent brings a business-minded background to the state board and a commitment to lead schools to help our kids reach their full potential. I appreciate his commitment to serve and look forward to working with Trent and Governor Stitt on ensuring our kids get the best education possible so they can achieve success in life and in their careers.” - Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat (R-Oklahoma City)

“Trent Smith is a businessman with a passion for education. His service will help propel Oklahoma’s education system into one less focused on zip codes and more focused on meeting the needs of students and families. By creating a more modern, nimble education system, Oklahoma can deliver a skilled workforce and prosperous future.”- State Chamber of Oklahoma President and CEO Chad Warmington

“Trent has been one of my closest friends for over 30 years. I know him to be a passionate advocate for Oklahoma and Oklahoma’s children. Trent will always remember that education exists for kids. He has been a fighter his entire life and I have no doubt he will bring that same intensity when it comes to fighting for Oklahoma schools and most importantly, Oklahoma’s sons and daughters.” – Oklahoma House Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols (R-Oklahoma City)

“Trent is as dedicated to Oklahoma as anyone I know. He is a product of Oklahoma schools and a successful businessman. I know his work ethic first hand. He pours all of his energy into any task he takes on and I know he will approach the State Board of Education the same way.” – Bob Stoops, former University of Oklahoma head football coach (1999-2017)

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