Candidate withdrawal decides open Tulsa Technology Center board seat
BY ANDREA EGER World Staff Writer
Saturday, December 08, 2012
12/08/12 at 4:52 AM
One of the two candidates in the race for Tulsa Technology Center's Zone 4 seat withdrew Friday.
That means Elizabeth Ellison, executive director of the Lobeck-Taylor Foundation, is uncontested for the seven-year term in office.
Ken Neal, husband of former Tulsa Tech Superintendent and CEO Kara Gae-Neal, had entered the race during the candidate filing period earlier this week, but he said he considers Ellison the better person for the job.
"Her energy and intellect make her a worthy successor to Robert Price, a board mainstay of seven years," Neal said in a written statement. "I believe she is in a position to contribute far more to the Tulsa Tech board than I, and I hope that she will attract more young people like her to seek the six other board positions."
Ellison, who is also the daughter of former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor, said she was honored by Ken Neal's decision and is now looking forward to beginning her service to the board.
"I just got off the phone with Ken Neal, and I am so happy that he was willing to support me," she said. "I am so excited to work with the rest of the board at Tulsa Tech. I plan to tour all of the campuses and meet with anyone and everyone over the next couple of months to learn as much as I can before (taking office in) February."
Original Print Headline: Withdrawal decides open Tulsa Tech seat
Elizabeth Ellison: "I am so excited to work with the rest of the board at Tulsa Tech."