Eastern's Janet Wansick named to 26th class of Leadership Oklahoma


Dr. Janet Wansick, dean of Eastern Oklahoma State College’s McAlester campus, has been named a member of the 26th class of Leadership Oklahoma.Janet Wansick

Leadership Oklahoma is a statewide organization founded in 1986 to create a network of leaders whose increased awareness and commitment to service will energize Oklahomans to shape the state's future. More than 1,200 members from 150 Oklahoma communities have graduated from the leadership program, including Eastern President Dr. Stephen Smith.

This year’s class will visit Lawton, Durant, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Stillwater, McAlester, Guymon and Broken Bow to discuss the many social, environmental and economic complexities facing the state. The goal is to stimulate inquiry, analysis and solutions for the public good.

Participants are chosen through a rigorous application process and selected from across the state to represent Oklahoma's professional, geographical and cultural diversity. Each person must demonstrate a dedication to Oklahoma's progress and the ability to exercise leadership in recognizing and resolving issues of statewide significance.

“Leadership Oklahoma is very excited about the 52 people chosen for this year’s program,” said Toney Stricklin, chairman of TDRS LLC and chairman of the LOK Board of Directors. “Class XXVI is an outstanding blend of leaders from a variety of fields who will contribute a wealth of knowledge to our discussions on important Oklahoma issues. Leadership Oklahoma is dedicated to providing the leadership necessary to help shape Oklahoma’s future.”

Wansick was named the dean of Eastern’s McAlester campus in June 2011. She previously taught mathematics at East Central University and Northern Oklahoma College, as well as McAlester Public Schools for 10 years. She is also active in several community organizations in McAlester, serving as a member of the McAlester Public School Board, a member and past president for the MPOWER Economic Development Board and a board member for the McAlester Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of Pride in McAlester, McAlester Main Street, Pittsburg County Crime Stoppers and Rotary International. In addition, she is also active at the state level serving on the Oklahoma State Regents' Economic Development Committee.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to participate in Leadership Oklahoma,” Wansick said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to network with professionals from across the state and explore issues affecting Oklahoma."


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