The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a statewide charitable organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma's public schools, has announced the addition of 10 new members to its Board of Trustees.

 

One new member is Donna J. Spring, a resident of Ardmore and Edmond. Spring, a partner of Alexander and Spring.

 

Appointed to serve three-year terms are John R. Hargrave, president, East Central University, Ada; Steve Burrage, chairman, FirstBank, Antlers; Nance Diamond, former president, Oklahoma Arts Institute, Shawnee; Gregg A. Garn, dean, Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education, University of Oklahoma, Norman; Linda C. Haneborg, marketing consultant and media strategist, Linda Haneborg Associates, and Jean Hendrickson, director emeritus, Oklahoma A+ Schools, Oklahoma City; Patricia Sholar, retired district administrator and CEO of Craft-Sholar LLC, Pauls Valley; Annie Tomecek, supervisor, Global Community Relations, T. D. Williamson Inc., and Joe Williams, regional community relations manager, Oklahoma Natural Gas, Tulsa.

 

"We are pleased to welcome these outstanding leaders to our Board of Trustees," said Chairman David L. Boren, who founded the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence 29 years ago. "They each bring tremendous talents and a strong commitment to quality public education in Oklahoma, and we look forward to the many contributions they will bring to our foundation."

 

One of the keys to the foundation's success is the leadership of its 190 trustees - leaders in business, education and public service, who represent every region of the state and help promote the foundation's mission and its programs.

 

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence was founded in 1985 by then U.S. Sen. David L. Boren to strengthen support for public education in Oklahoma. Through its Academic Awards Program, the foundation has presented more than $4 million in cash awards to honor outstanding public school students and educators. Through its Local Education Foundation Outreach Program, the foundation provides technical support, training and networking opportunities to local education foundations across the state.

 

Spring is president of Alexander & Spring Group. She is a past president of the Edmond Public Schools Foundation and has served as vice president and fundraising chair for the Ardmore City Schools Enrichment Foundation. She has served on the SKIL Advisory Board for Oklahoma Youth Services and the boards of Ardmore Day Nursery, BETA Women's Club, Ardmore Kiwanis Club and Arise Ministries. She is an alumna of Leadership Edmond and Leadership Ardmore and a member of the American Society for Training and Development, Ardmore Chamber of Commerce and Women in Technology International. She is vice president of the University of Oklahoma Women's and Gender Studies Board of Advisers. She also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer.