The Board of Directors of the Bartlesville Education Promise is proud to announce the election of three new board members as directors. Elected are Mr. Markland Headley, Mr. Spencer King, and Mr. Thomas A. Gorman.
Mark Headley recently retired from ConocoPhillips after more than 37 years of service, most recently as the manager of its Real Estate and Facilities operations as well as serving as the companies lead employee in its Bartlesville Campus. Headley has previously served on the Bartlesville Development Corporation Board as Chairman and on the Oklahoma Chapter of the Nature Conservancy Board as Vice Chairman. Headley currently serves as Chairman of the Bartlesville Community Foundation Board and is on the boards of the Frank Phillips Foundation and the Jane Phillips Hospital. Mark and his wife, Tammy, have been married for 37 years and have 3 adult children.
Spencer King is employed by Phillips66 in their Bartlesville Financial Operations. He is a Professional Certified CPA. Mr. King has been active in Bartlesville non-profit activates and currently is a board member of the Bartlesville Community Foundation and has served as Chairman, VP, and Treasurer. He is also a current board member of the Bartlesville Convention and Visitors Bureau and has served as Chairman. Former board member and Treasurer for Building Bridges of Oklahoma, member of the BPSF Educators Hall of Fame Nominating Committee and serves as a High School Sunday School teacher and finance committee member for First Wesleyan Church. He is married to his wife Carrie and they have one daughter.
Thomas Gorman is a lifelong resident of Bartlesville and is the President of Gorman Management Company which currently manages over 3,500 units of apartments in Oklahoma. Tom has been involved in numerous civic organizations including the United Way, Bluestem Therapeutics Horseback Riding and Leadership Bartlesville Class VII. He has also been involved in the Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, most recently as its Chairman and various volunteer positions within the City of Bartlesville ranging from Chair of the Board of Adjustment, Water Resources Committee, Council Member and Mayor. He is married to his wife Jana and they have three children.
The Bartlesville Education Promise is a 501C3 organization with its mission to guide our community towards assuming a greater ownership for improved educational outcomes for all students of our schools, with a special focus on improving graduation rates and readiness for higher education, technical school or full-time employment. Working with the schools, this involves special attention in identifying and helping students who are struggling and are at risk of dropping out of school before graduation. Private funds are raised to purchase elementary books and provide after-school tutoring at all nine Bartlesville Schools. Special emphasis is provided to assist 3rd-grade student pass the State mandatory test. BEP also provides summer camps in transition between elementary schools and the middle schools and from the middle schools to high school. STEM and Art Camps are also provided during the summer.
The BEP has no paid staff, and it relies entirely on the generosity of its donors and the volunteer efforts of its board members and various volunteers.