(NORMAN, Okla.) Jan. 5, 2018 – January is School Board Recognition Month in Oklahoma and is an opportunity for local schools and communities to honor more than 2,700 elected school board members for their dedication to state schools and education.
MNTC's Board of Education members are: Andy Sherrer, Zone 3, Office 3 and president; Dr. Max Venard, Zone 4, Office 4 and vice president; Glen Cosper, Zone 5, Office 5 and clerk; and Pam Lewis, Zone 1, Office 1 and assistant clerk and Dr. James Griffith, Zone 2, Office 2 and member.
“We are so proud of what Moore Norman Technology Center provides to the community,” said Jane Bowen, MNTC superintendent. “School Board Recognition Month is an opportunity for us to thank our elected board members and celebrate their commitment and accomplishments. Their contribution of time and professional expertise is a vital part of our continued success.”
At MNTC, school board members develop policies and make decisions that impact high school and adult students and the workforce that serves businesses within its district. The MNTC district includes Moore, Norman, and south Oklahoma City.
“Being a technology center school board member is a complex commitment that involves overseeing a broad range of programs that serve a very wide sector of Moore, Norman, and south Oklahoma City,” added Bowen. “We really cannot thank them enough for their tireless dedication.”
In addition to traditional technical training, MNTC creates and offers programs designed to help working adults improve their skills or change careers, businesses train their workforce and small businesses succeed through management consultation and training services.
The MNTC board of education will be formally recognized for their service at MNTC Jan. 18 board meeting. To learn more about MNTC and its board of education members visit mntc.edu, click on the About Us tab and select Board of Education.
Additional information on MNTC’s elected Board of Education members:
Andy Sherrer, President
Andy Sherrer represents Zone 3, Office 3. He has spent 13 years in the banking industry and is currently Senior Vice President at Republic Bank & Trust. He is a Planning Commissioner for the City of Norman and is active in the Chambers of Commerce in Moore, Norman and south Oklahoma City. Sherrer is vice-chairman of the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business Management and Entrepreneurship Board and is a member of the City of Norman Strategic Water Supply Committee, and the Oklahoma Venture Forum. His civic involvement includes holding a board seat with Thunderbird Clubhouse, serving as a loaned executive for the United Way of Norman, and membership in the First Christian Church of Norman.
Dr. Max Venard, Vice President
Dr. Max Venard, an optometrist in Moore, represents Zone 4, Office 4 in the northwest part of the District including parts of Moore and southwest OKC. A graduate of Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee, Venard earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University and is a graduate from Moore High School. He was a secondary Science teacher in Davis (OK) Public Schools before studying optometry. He holds numerous certifications, including the American College of Forensic Examiners; Eyeverify, Access and Security, Optical Biometrics; Oklahoma Lions Eye Bank, and Oklahoma Private Investigators Association. He is a member of numerous professional and civic organizations. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Debbie, and his children and grandchildren.
Glen Cosper, Clerk
Glen Cosper currently serves on the MNTC Board of Education representing Zone 5, Office 5. Cosper has the distinction of being the only person ever elected to the MNTC Board after serving two elected-terms on the Moore Public School Board of Education. He was born and raised in south Oklahoma City and is a graduate of US Grant High School where he was a member of DECA (one of CareerTech’s student organizations), Oklahoma City Community College and the University of Central Oklahoma. He spent 17 years in the office technology industry. He served as Oklahoma Office Technology Association President and National board member. He later worked in radio and is a realtor at Keller Williams Realty. Cosper volunteers and serves on boards of numerous business and civic organizations. In 2014 Cosper was named Outstanding Oklahoma School Board Member by the OSSBA, which includes a one-year appointment to the OSSBA All-State Board of Education. The board is comprised of five of the most outstanding school board members of the year. He enjoys spending time with his wife, children, granddaughter, family, and friends trying new restaurants and going to concerts.
Pam Lewis, Assistant Clerk
Pam Lewis was elected in fall of 2015 to represent Zone 1, Office 1. Lewis is a graduate of Moore High School and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from The University of Oklahoma. She taught with Moore Public Schools for 28 years and retired in 2014.
Formerly a board member for Moore Service League, Moore Free Clinic, and Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lewis now helps her husband, Glen, with his responsibilities as the mayor of the City of Moore and also at Lewis Jewelers. She also enjoys reading and spending time family and friends.
Dr. James Griffith, Member
Dr. James Griffith is a lifelong Normanite and alumni of Norman High and the University of Oklahoma with both an undergraduate degree in microbiology and DDS degree. He has practiced dentistry in Norman for over 34 years. Being a part of the evolution of dentistry over the years has helped fuel his passion for helping people achieve optimum dental health. Advancements in dental cosmetic procedures, laser treatments and implantology have kept learning and education at the forefront of his career.
He has served on various community boards and commissions including six years on the Norman City Council. He and his wife Claudia, currently a state representative for House District 45, are empty nesters, having raised three wonderful young adults.