Tulsa Community College Honors Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard

The 13th annual Tulsa Community College Foundation Vision in Education Leadership Award dinner honoring Dr. Keith Ballard will feature his work addressing community education needs and efforts to implement education models focused on excellence. The annual dinner supports scholarship programs and academic programs for students at . The Vision Dinner is Sept. 13 at the Tulsa Convention Center and annually recognizes individuals who have contributed to the pursuit of excellence in education.

From Project School House to efforts to support instructors and work with national leaders in education reform, Ballard’s leadership has had a significant impact on thousands of Tulsa- area public school students. This year he was named both Superintendent of the Year and Tulsan of the Year.

“Hundreds of Oklahomans will gather to say thank you to this exceptional and caring Superintendent who has made such a personal commitment to the success of Tulsa’s public education system,” said Tom McKeon, TCC’s president. “Dr. Ballard’s collaboration throughout our community and his willingness to take a strong stand on behalf of education in Tulsa makes him a natural recipient of our Vision Award for Education. “

Ken Levit, Honorary Dinner Chair and Master of Ceremonies for the evening, said, “As Superintendent, Keith Ballard has been a dynamic leader and has meaningfully improved the opportunities for children in our community. He has been a bold leader and set the stage for ongoing success by embracing a number of nation-leading reforms such as a commitment to better teacher and leader evaluations, support for proven, high quality charter schools and recruitment of one of the largest cohorts from Teach for America in the nation.”

Phil Lakin, Jr., a member of the Foundation Board, serves as the evening’s Foundation Dinner Chair.

Past Vision Award honorees include Stacy and Lynn Schusterman, Gov. Brad Henry, Montie Box, David Boren, John-Kelly Warren, Michael Johnson, George Kaiser, Ted Fisher, Nancy McDonald, Len Eaton, John Gaberino, Ken Lackey and Dr. Paula Marshall.

The event will include live entertainment, fine dining and a special tribute to Ballard. Event sponsorship for tables begins at $2,500. Donors at the $5,000 level and above are invited to a special reception hosted by the George Kaiser Family Foundation before the event.

Visionary level donor is the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Leadership level donors include the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Cox Business and the Oxley Foundation. The Excellence Level donors include the Bank of Oklahoma, George Krumme, Kathy Taylor and Bill Lobeck, ONEOK, Dr. Frank and Mary Shaw, Tulsa Teachers Credit Union, Williams, and Energy. Table sponsors are: BancFirst, Bank of America, Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Jim Cameron and Lou Reynolds, Conner & Winters, GableGotwals, John and Marge Gaberino, Helmerich and Payne, Hille Foundation, Jackie Cooper Imports, Jackie Kouri and Gary Paxton, Jones Gotcher and Bogan, Maxine and Jack Zarrow Foundation, Tom and Stacey McKeon, Omni Air International, -Tulsa, Paragon Films, Schnake Turnbo Frank PR, and the University of Tulsa.

Tulsa Community College’s mission is to better its community through the intellectual achievement, creative energy, and responsible citizenship of its students, faculty, and staff by their engagement in teaching, learning, and service opportunities that transform and enrich lives. Tulsa Community College commits to innovative, flexible, and affordable higher education that responds to a dynamic global environment.
For more information on the 2012 Vision in Education Leadership Award Dinner sponsorships or tickets, contact the Tulsa Community College Foundation at 918-595-7836 or jgrant@tulsacc.edu.

is one of the most comprehensive community colleges in the nation and ranks 27th in the number of graduates. Serving 35,000 students annually in credit and continuing education classes, is the state’s largest two-year college with four campuses in the Tulsa area. For more information on , go to www.tulsacc.edu

Updated 08-31-2012

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