Tuesday, June 21, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced the appointment of Maj. Gen. Lee Baxter (retired) to the State Board of Education and the State Board of Career and Technology Education.
“Education is key to Oklahoma’s long term economic prosperity,” said Fallin. “With better education, we will have more opportunities to build our workforce and compete in a global economy. Maj. Gen. Baxter knows the importance of education to the future of Oklahoma, and he will do a great job serving these two boards.”
Baxter, of Lawton, is the president and owner of Signal Mountain Associates, Inc. a general and defense consulting firm. In addition, he is the owner of Medicine Park Management, managing partner at Mount Scott Management, and partner at Cobblestone Canyon, all real estate development companies. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Webster University in St. Louis, MO.
“Getting our kids the best education possible is one of the most important things the state of Oklahoma can do,” said Baxter. “I look forward to doing everything I can on the board of education and state board of career and technology education to improve student performance and boost the quality of our schools.”
Baxter previously served in the U.S. Army as the commanding general at Fort Sill. Previous jobs also include, vice president of economic development at Cameron University, president of BancFirst, vice president of Communications Technologies, Inc. in Chantilly, VA. and president and COO at JB Management Inc., in Alexandria, VA.
Baxter has an undergraduate degree in philosophy of english from the University of North Dakota and a masters in personnel management from Central Michigan University. He also is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA.
Maj. Gen. Baxter will serve on the State Board of Education for a three year term. He will serve the State Board of Career and Technology Education for a six year term. He is replacing Mary Arnn on both boards, who resigned.