Claremore Daily Progress

August 26, 2013

Commerce Dept. Secretary Lopez becoming interim OKC school superintendent

Staff Reports
Associated Press


Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce Dave Lopez will be the interim superintendent of Oklahoma City Public Schools, the district’s school board announced Monday.

The Oklahoma City Board of Education announced Monday that Lopez, 62, will resign as commerce secretary on Friday and take over Sept. 2 as interim superintendent of the state’s largest school district.

He will serve for the remainder of this school year and is not a candidate for the permanent job, according to a district news release.

The school board voted last week to hire a search firm to help find a permanent replacement for Superintendent Karl Springer, who recently announced his resignation.

“Dave is a trusted member of the Oklahoma City community, and the board believes his tremendous experience will help the district lay critical groundwork we can build on for years to come.” said Lynne Hardin, school board chairwoman.

The Oklahoma City school district has nearly 45,000 students, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

“There are 45,000 reasons to accept this opportunity to serve,” Lopez said. “Neither of my parents graduated from high school so I understand the value of education and what it means for our city’s children. Education can and should be life-changing.”

In addition to serving as commerce secretary, Lopez served as director of the state Commerce Department until last year. Prior to that he served as head of the Oklahoma City-based American Fidelity Foundation after spending 22 years with AT&T, serving in a variety of executive roles in Texas, Missouri and Oklahoma.