July 11, 2012/Education & Community Leaders Named to Oklahoma GEAR UP Advisory Board

Several education and community leaders from across the state have been selected to serve on the Oklahoma GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Advisory Board. The GEAR UP Advisory Board is designed to build a bridge of communication, as well as create a forum for innovation and advocacy among higher education, public education, the business community, civic organizations and students. The advisory board will have an influential role in helping prepare students for college.  

Oklahoma GEAR UP advisory board members include: Linda Bailey, LJB Math Consulting, Oklahoma City; Julie Dawson, assistant superintendent, Tecumseh Public Schools; Penny Gandy, outreach services manager, Oklahoma College Assistance Program, Oklahoma City; Cathy Hunt, high school principal, Hobart Public Schools; Tony Hutchinson, associate vice chancellor for strategic planning, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma City; Rick Peters, superintendent, Caney Valley Public Schools; Gary Sackett, Aurora Learning Community Association, Fairview; and Dr. Jeanie Webb, vice president of student affairs, Rose State College, Midwest City.

"We are very proud and honored to have such an outstanding group of leaders volunteer their time and talent to GEAR UP,” said Oklahoma Higher Education Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “Their diverse experience will only strengthen our efforts to help prepare Oklahoma students and their families for college.”

Administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, GEAR UP is a federal grant program offered through the U.S. Department of Education to provide opportunities for middle and high school students to acquire the academic skills, planning information, financial assistance and support they need to succeed in college.
For more information about GEAR UP visit www.okhighered.org/gearup or call 800.858.1840.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Oklahoma with state GEAR UP grants totaling $20.5 million in August 1999, $20.6 million in August 2005 and $34.9 million in September 2011. The grants have been matched by more than $48 million from state and partner resources. From 1999 to 2011, GEAR UP received more than $45.6 million in federal funds. With the addition of the 2011 grant, Oklahoma’s GEAR UP program will ultimately receive more than $80.6 million in federal funds by 2018.


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