OKLAHOMA CITY -- The chief executive officer of the Tulsa Community Foundation has been appointed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to the Oklahoma State Board of Education.
Since 1999, Phil Lakin, Jr. has been the chief executive officer of the foundation. Prior to that, Lakin served as regional director of development for Baylor University.
"Phil Lakin is an accomplished civic leader who is absolutely dedicated to improving student achievement," said Governor 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.
"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," said Phil Lakin, Jr.
The appointment requires state Senate confirmation.
Lakin replaces Tulsan Tim Gilpin on the state board.