At the capitol, from the left, are State Rep. John Bennett; new CASC Regent Dwight Spencer, Garry Ivey, retiring CASC president; Gail Kerr, retired educator; Nancy Poindexter, new State Textbook Committee board member; and State Sen. Mark Allen.
State Sen. Mark Allen (R-Spiro) announced last week that two residents of Sequoyah County have been appointed to state positions.
Dwight Spencer of Sallisaw was appointed to the Carl Albert State College (CASC) Board of Regents by Gov. Mary Fallin on April 20, succeeding the late Jerry Hetherington. The term ends on July 1, 2019.
Nancy Poindexter was appointed to the State Textbook Committee on April 27, with her term expiring on March 1, 2019. Mrs. Poindexter, a teacher at Brushy School, is certified in mathematics and is filling a vacancy. She will serve as a member from the Second Congressional District.
Friends and supporters attended the Senate Education Committee meeting when the nominees were introduced by Allen and then allowed to address the committee and answer questions. Attendees included Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw), retiring CASC President Garry Ivey, and retired educator Gail Kerr.
Spencer is general manager and owner of Blue Ribbon Auto Group in Sallisaw and is active in the community, currently serving as title sponsor of the Sallisaw Lions Club RAM Rodeo and chairman of the Diamond Daze Festival Entertainment Committee. He was president of the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce in 2004, board member of the Sallisaw chamber from 2002 to 2005, and treasurer and board member of the Sallisaw Education Foundation from 2002 to 2006. He received the Outstanding Festival Volunteer Award in 2012 and was named the Sallisaw Chamber Member of the Year in 2009.
Allen said, “We all know that no one can replace the beloved Jerry Hetherington who served as Carl Albert State College Regent for 33 years, and we truly mourn the loss of a great man in our community. I believe that Dwight Spencer also has a heart for this community and is one of those men who answer the call to serve. He will do an excellent job on the Board of Regents and comes to us highly recommended by retiring President Garry Ivey. It was my pleasure to nominate him for this appointment.”
Created in 1973, the CASC Board of Regents is responsible for the supervision, management and control of the junior college, which has a branch campus established in 1996 in Sallisaw. The board has seven appointed members serving terms of seven years.
Mrs. Poindexter has taught school for 22 years and is in her 16th year teaching at Brushy School. Allen said he was pleased to nominate and approve her appointment to this committee and feels she is highly qualified to serve.
The Oklahoma State Textbook Committee is comprised of parents, teachers, and community members who have been appointed by the governor. The committee conducts a process for the approval of textbooks and technology-based materials which local school districts, upon recommendation of local committees, may purchase with state-provided funds.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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