Upcoming Event: Education in Oklahoma panel discussion at USAO

The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s Nita R. Giles Public Policy Program and the Oklahoma Policy Institute present Education in Oklahoma, a panel discussion examining feasible solutions to problems facing the Oklahoma education system.

When: Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.

Where: University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Student Center Ballroom, Chickasha, OK


  • Phyllis Hudecki, former Oklahoma Secretary of Education, executive director, Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition
  • David Perryman, Oklahoma State Representative
  • Mickey Hepner, dean, College of Business, University of Central Oklahoma
  • Joe Siano, superintendent, Norman Public Schools
  • Megan Benn, consultant

Moderator: Gene Perry, policy director, Oklahoma Policy Institute

The Nita R. Giles Public Policy Program is the only undergraduate program of its kind in Oklahoma and one of only a few nationally. The program is specifically focused on Oklahoma, producing graduates who have the skills and passion to help our state solve problems and ensure a sustainable future. The program arms students with the range of skills, knowledge and experiences, in and out of the classroom, which will enable them to contribute to policymaking at all levels of society.


Gene Perry worked for OK Policy from 2011 to 2019. He is a native Oklahoman and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in journalism.

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