Keith Ballard to speak during Fall Commencement on Dec. 5

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Keith Ballard to speak during Fall Commencement on Dec. 5

November 29, 2010

 Dr. Keith Ballard
Dr. Keith Ballard

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s graduating students and their families will have the privilege to hear guest speaker Dr. Keith Ballard, a 1975 graduate, during the Fall Commencement Ceremony set for Sunday, Dec. 5, at 4:30 p.m. in Percefull Fieldhouse.

Ballard currently is the superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools. He was executive director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association (OSSBA) and has more than 36 years of service in public education.

Although Ballard has lived in Oklahoma his entire professional career, he is a native of Kiowa, Kan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and speech from Kansas State University; a Master’s Degree as a Reading Specialist from Northwestern; and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Oklahoma State University.

He began his educational career in 1972 as a teacher in Coweta Public Schools. He moved to Oologah in 1974 where he taught and served in several administrative positions, including superintendent from 1986 until 1992. Ballard then moved to Claremore where he served as superintendent of Claremore Public Schools before assuming the position with OSSBA on Jan. 1, 2000.

Ballard also has been active for several years with the Oklahoma State Legislature regarding educational issues. He meets regularly with key legislators and other state leaders to help shape educational legislation and policy. He has been appointed to the state-wide Race to the Top Commission. The commission serves to advise legislators in the development of the Teacher/Leader Effectiveness and Evaluation System. Ballard has served on several committees to study state-wide educational issues, including School Funding Formula, All Day Kindergarten, Mid-term Adjustment, Hold-Harmless, Gifted and Talented and English as a Second Language.

His wife of 39 years, Christie, is a retired school librarian and has worked part-time as the executive director of the Rogers County Literacy Council. She now watches their grandchildren Ashton, Kizer and Keaton. They have three children: Matthew and his wife Traci, a daughter Michelle and son Michael.

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