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Massey Family Lectureship to feature Tulsa Schools superintendent

Dr. Keith Ballard

Dr. Keith Ballard

DURANT, Okla. – Tulsa Public Schools superintendent Keith Ballard will be guest speaker at the 14th John Massey Family Lectureship, scheduled for April 14 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The lecture – free and open to the public – will begin at 11 a.m. in Montgomery Auditorium on the Southeastern campus. This year’s lecture is designed to focus on the impact of education and business as they relate to each other. The lectureship will also be video streamed live on the University website –

Dr. Ballard leads the largest school district in Oklahoma with 41,000 students and 7,000 employees. Focusing on college preparedness, he is committed to cultivating teacher talent in a performance-based culture and providing quality learning experiences for every student, every day, without exception.

Ballard joined Tulsa Public Schools as superintendent in 2008. The district serves an urban population with a diverse population of students providing a choice of magnet, community, charter and neighborhood schools including a high school that partners with Tulsa Community College providing college-level courses.

During his tenure, Ballard worked to pass the largest bond in the history of the state, totaling $354 million. He led the way for the district to work with the Gates Foundation on teacher and leader effectiveness, one of only 10 school districts selected in the country. And he continues to successfully manage Project Schoolhouse, an ongoing efficiency program which addresses changing student populations and school building utilization.

His honors include the 2012 University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Excellence in Education Leadership Award, 2012 State Superintendent of the Year, 2012 Tulsa People Tulsan of the Year, 2012 Vision in Education Leadership Award from the Tulsa Community College Foundation, Top 100 Administrators in North America, the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Outstanding Alumni Award, the Don Newby/Ben Hill award from the Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry for Compassion and Concern for all Human Beings, and is a member of the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame.

The lectureship was established in 1994 by a gift from the John Massey family, which was matched by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Endowment Fund Program. Previous speakers at the Massey Lecture include H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt, George Kaiser, Edward Keller, Ambassador James R. Jones, Dr. Tom Cole, Archie Dunham, Keith Bailey, Michael Cawley, Joseph Cappy, Sen. Ted Fisher, J. Clifford Hudson, Mark Stansberry, and Ed Martin.

John Massey is chairman of the board of First United Bank and Trust, headquartered in Durant, Oklahoma.

A tireless advocate for higher education, Massey serves as Vice Chairman of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. He is in his third nine-year term as a regent, a position appointed by the governor.

Massey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1960.

In 1984, Massey received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Southeastern; in 2005, the School of Business was renamed as the John Massey School of Business.

At his alma mater, Massey has established nine endowed chairs and four professorships.