Shawnee Public Schools Superintendent Marilyn Bradford has been named to the Seminole State College Board of Regents by Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry.


Shawnee Public Schools Superintendent Marilyn Bradford has been named to the Seminole State College Board of Regents by Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry.
The appointment was passed by the Oklahoma State Senate Education Committee on April 28 and was confirmed by the Oklahoma State Senate on May 8. The nomination was carried by State Sen. Charlie Laster, D-Shawnee.
Bradford will succeed William Harrison Jr. of Wewoka, who will complete his second seven-year term on the board in June.
Bradford’s appointment will be effective July 2008 to July 2015.
Bradford has been employed by Shawnee Public Schools since 1987. She has directed a capital improvement initiative for passage of $30.5 million in bonds for new construction in the district, and she is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of a $26-million budget and management of a 450-employee public school organization.
Bradford is active in civic and professional associations, including serving as president of the Pottawatomie County Advocates for Voter Education and vice president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pottawatomie County. She serves on boards and committees at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and is a board member of Youth and Family Resources, the Pottawatomie County Department of Health and the East Central Workforce Investment Board.
Bradford serves as chairwoman of the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Business/Education Partnership Committee and is the education division chair of United Way.
She is past president of United Suburban School Districts Association of Oklahoma and past president of Pottawatomie County Superintendents. Bradford was named administrator of the year for District 9 in 2004-05.
Prior to joining Shawnee Public Schools, Bradford was a classroom teacher at Norman Public Schools and was a teacher and principal at Moore Public Schools. She also has worked for the Xerox Corporation and Custom One International Inc.
During her confirmation hearing, Bradford told the Senate Education Committee that she was pleased to be appointed to the SSC board.
“I am honored that the governor would nominate me for this appointment,” Bradford said. “I am proud of my association with Seminole State College. I look forward to being a part of the exciting growth and development of the college.”
Dr. Jim Utterback, president of SSC, said: “We are pleased to have Ms. Bradford named to the college’s board of regents. We are fortunate to have a seasoned educator and highly respected member of the Shawnee community joining the board. I look forward to working with her.”
The SSC Board of Regents consists of seven members. They are appointed by the governor for seven-year terms, and they serve as the college’s governing body and have the supervision and management responsibilities of the school.
Bradford joins members Roger Nansel of Seminole, Jon Flowers of Shawnee, Bill Huser of Wewoka, Marci Donaho of Seminole, Jeff Miller of McAlester and David Wilson of Seminole.