EL RENO — For the first time in seven years, Canadian Valley Technology Center has a new board of education member.
Rick Garrison, 58, of Yukon, was elected unopposed to a five-year term that began in March. He replaces Greg LaPat, who had served on the board since 1995.
Garrison is Canadian Valley's first new board member since Dick McCalla, who began serving in 2006.
Garrison grew up on a farm near Hinton, graduating from Hinton High School in 1972.
He attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and earned a bachelor of science degree in 1977.
He moved to Yukon in 1977 and started his teaching career. He served as assistant principal for several years before starting an oil and gas company. His company has four offices spread across Oklahoma and Texas.
He recently launched an Internet company called NextStarNow.com, which showcases inspiring musicians and connects them with record companies and music producers around the world.
Garrison said he will be an open-minded board member who will vote fairly with the interests of the students as his primary focus.
Bill Kramer is communications and marketing coordinator for Canadian Valley Technology Center.