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.