Newspaper publisher to lead Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools

The Journal Record’s Mary Melon is the new president and CEO of the nonprofit that supports the Oklahoma City school district.
by Tim Willert Published: July 26, 2014
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The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools has chosen a newspaper publisher to be its next leader.

Mary Melon, president and publisher of The Journal Record, is leaving the newspaper to become president and chief executive officer of the foundation, the paper announced this week.

The foundation is a nonprofit that operates independently in support of the school district. It raises money to directly support students and teachers through programs and also supports district initiatives.

Melon has long been active in the community, serving on numerous nonprofit boards. Gov. Mary Fallin recently appointed her to the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

She will replace Lori Dickinson, who resigned from the foundation in March to become executive director for the Edmond Public Schools Foundation.

“I think Mary is a great hire for the foundation,” Dickinson said. “I think she’s an outstanding community leader and she’s very passionate about helping people.”

Melon’s last day with The Journal Record will be Aug. 30.

“I think it’s also important that Mary will have an instant rapport with people because of her standing (in the community),” Dickinson said.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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