Gov. Kevin Stitt fills two vacancies on Oklahoma State Board of Education

By: - October 20, 2023 4:31 pm

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday announced he had filled two vacancies on the state's top school board. (Photo by Kyle Phillips/For Oklahoma Voice)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday appointed two men to fill the remaining vacancies on the state’s top school board.

Stitt announced he’s appointing local school board member Zach Archer and Alex Gray, a former Trump administration official, to the seven-member Oklahoma State Board of Education. Both appointees will ultimately need to be confirmed by the state Senate next year.

Archer will serve as the at-large member, replacing Suzanne Reynolds who resigned earlier this month. Gray will serve as the representative of Congressional District 5. That seat has been open since Trent Smith resigned in May.

Archer, who is managing director at Great Plains Investment Services, serves on the Board of Education for Hammon Public Schools.

“Zach has been a passionate advocate for students in his role as vice president of the Hammon School District (board),” Stitt said in a statement. “His investment in his community gives me confidence that he will work tirelessly for students across Oklahoma.”

Archer said he’s honored to serve.

“As a parent and a current local school board member, I take this appointment very seriously and look forward to working on behalf of all Oklahoma students,” he said in a statement.

Stitt appointed Alex Gray, the managing partner at American Global Strategies, an international consulting and strategy advisory firm, to serve as the representative for the Oklahoma City-area Congressional District. Gray previously served as deputy assistant to the president and chief of staff of the White House National Security Council under President Donald Trump. 

“Alex is a dedicated public servant with a proven record of defending Oklahoma values,” Stitt said. “Alex’s unique background will bring a new perspective that will greatly contribute to the Board’s mission.”

Gray said in a statement that he believes the future of the country is in Oklahoma classrooms.

“I’m eager to work with my fellow board members to ensure that every Oklahoma student has the opportunity to live their American dream,” he said.

The state board’s next meeting is Thursday in Oklahoma City.

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Janelle Stecklein
Janelle Stecklein

Janelle Stecklein is editor of Oklahoma Voice. An award-winning journalist, Stecklein has been covering Oklahoma government and politics since moving to the state in 2014.