Governor Mary Fallin has announced the appointment of Cathryn Franks to the Oklahoma State Board of Education. She is replacing Bryan Haden, who resigned. Franks will serve the remainder of his term ending in April 2015, pending confirmation from the Oklahoma Senate.
Franks is a former history teacher who taught at Killeen High School in Texas. She was twice named “teacher of the year.” She also taught U. S. history classes in Germany and Korea.
Now a resident of Roosevelt, she is the director of international cultural education for Musco Lighting International, a company that provides lighting at major sporting events and stadiums around the world.
Franks previously served as an executive board member for the Military Child Education Coalition, a non-profit organization that works to ensure quality educational opportunities for military children affected by mobility, family separation and transition.
Franks received a bachelor’s of science degree in education based curriculum from Oklahoma State University and a master’s of arts in education and human development from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
She has received numerous awards for public service including the Commander’s Award, Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award, Secretary of the Army Public Service Award and the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Public Service.
Cathryn Franks is married to retired General Tommy Franks, who served as the commander of the US Central Command overseeing the United States Armed Forces in a 25-country region.
She serves as an advisor to the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum, a non-profit student education organization dedicated to enhancing leadership skills in middle school students.
“Cathryn Franks is a tireless advocate for education,” Fallin said. “Her experience in the classroom, dedication and passion will serve her well on the board.”