People & Places: TPS Superintendent Keith Ballard honored at TCC award dinner
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Thursday, October 18, 2012
10/18/12 at 3:25 AM
Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard got a standing ovation during the 13th annual Tulsa Community College Foundation Vision in Education Leadership Award Dinner held recently at the Tulsa Convention Center.
TCC President Tom McKeon called Ballard a man who "genuinely engages and inspires his education partners."
Ballard was honored for his leadership as superintendent and collaboration with the community.
Honorary dinner chairman and emcee Ken Levit recognized him for his work in Teach for America with TPS, efforts to gain achievement and efficiencies through Project Schoolhouse, and ability to work with nationally recognized foundations for school reform.
TCC and TPS recently created the Will Rogers Collegiate Academy, which provides college-level courses within Will Rogers High School and encourages students to pursue a college degree. McKeon said that Ballard was "a catalyst" for the academy.
Others on the program were TCC Chairwoman Mary Shaw, who noted that the event raises a significant amount of money each year for programs that support students, faculty and staff at TCC including scholarships, student leadership programs and academic innovations.
According to TCC Foundation Trustee and dinner chairman Phil Lakin Jr., the dinner raised more than $210,000 to support college programs through sponsorships from the George Kaiser Family Foundation, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Cox Business, the Oxley Foundation, and the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.
Past Vision honorees attending the event included Montie Box, Nancy McDonald, John Gaberino Jr. and Ruth Ann Fate, who had accepted the award in honor of her husband, Martin Fate.
Among those attending were Alan and Shelly Armstrong, Dennis Neil, Susan and Rick Neal, Bill Major, Billie Barnett, Ken Busby, Alison Anthony, Jim and Kristin Bender, Teresa Burkett, Henry and Jane Primeaux, Mary Ann Hille, Maggie Yar, Larry and Sandy Mocha, Scott and Elizabeth Stidham, Joe and Carol McGraw, Nancy Day, Larry Leonard, Ron and Sue Looney, Martin Garber Jr., Gary Percefull, Wilbert Collins, Lana Turner-Addison and Dennis Addison, Anna America, state Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, state Sen. Gary Stanislawski, Amanda Blackman, Ric and Kari Baser, Shane and Jennifer Netherton, Lauren Brookey, Jan and Kevin Clayton, Pat Fischer, Donna and Bill Wood, Flo Potts, John and Denise Gibson, Brett and Jennifer Campbell, and Peggy and Dixon Dyer.
Excellence level donors included Bank of Oklahoma, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, George Krumme, Kathy Taylor and Bill Lobeck, ONEOK, B. Frank and Mary Shaw, Tulsa Teachers Credit Union, Tulsa Tech, the Walton Family Foundation, Williams Cos., and WPX Energy.
Table sponsors were BancFirst, Bank of America, Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Jim Cameron and Lou Reynolds, Conner & Winters, John and Marge Gaberino, GableGotwals, Helmerich & Payne, Hille Foundation, Jackie Cooper Imports, Jackie Kouri and Gary Paxton, Jones Gotcher and Bogan, Maxine and Jack Zarrow Foundation, Thomas K. and Stacey McKeon, Omni Air International, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, Paragon Films, Schnake Turnbo Frank PR, and the University of Tulsa.
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Ken Levit (left), Keith Ballard, Mary Shaw and Tom McKeon are pictured at the 13th annual Tulsa Community College Foundation Vision in Education Leadership Award Dinner. CORY YOUNG / Tulsa World