The TPS school board tonight voted to appoint Wilbert E. Collins, Sr., to the District 2 seat recently resigned by board member Oma Jean Copeland. Collins, 71, a former Tulsa County Commissioner, was among three candidates who applied for the position.
The board unanimously voted in favor of Collins, who will fulfill the remainder of Ms. Copeland’s term, which expires in February 2013. The other candidates were Daryl McGee, currently employed as a neighborhood inspector with the City of Tulsa, and David Leon DeVille, both of whom are former educators with TPS.
“We would like thank all of the individuals who stepped forward and applied for the District 2 seat,” said Board President Gary Percefull. “Mr. Collins joins the TPS board at an exciting time, as the district has made significant progress toward the goals outlined in our five-year strategic plan and education reform efforts are well underway. We enthusiastically welcome Mr. Collins aboard.”
Wilbert E. Collins, Sr., a longtime Tulsa resident, is currently retired. A graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, Collins was a Tulsa County Commissioner for eight years and served 27 years of combined active and reserve duty in the Army. As a member of the Army Reserve, he fought in Operation Desert Storm.
District 2 includes the following attendance areas: Burroughs, Carver, Kendall-Whittier, McKinley, Mitchell, Owen, Sequoyah, Springdale; Carver, Rogers and Washington.