Board of Education

Back Row (left to right)-Howard Johnson, Clark Smith, George Bridges Front Row (left to right)- Arthur Patrick and Homer Ryan

The Great Plains Technology Center Board of Education meets monthly on the first Tuesday of the Month at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are open to the public. The Great Plains Technology Center Board of Education consists of five elected members listed below.
For more information, call 355-6371.

 

Zone 3-Clark Smith–President
Zone 4-Arthur Patrick– Vice President
Zone 5-Howard Johnson–Clerk
Zone 1-Homer Ryan–Member
Zone 2-George I. Bridges, J.R. D.D.S–Member

 

GPTC Board Bios

George Bridges, DDS

Dr. Bridges is the senior member of the Great Plains Technology Center Board of Education. He was first elected in 1976. He has practiced dentistry in Lawton since leaving the service of the U.S. Army in the mid 1970’s. He is an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. Dr. Bridges is active in many local and statewide philanthropic organizations. He also serves as President of the Great Plains Technology Center Foundation.

Howard Johnson

Johnson and his wife Jo Jean own and operate Sylvan Learning Center in Lawton. He is a retired administrator with Lawton Public Schools. At the time of his retirement, Johnson was the executive director of LPS Adult Education. He is actively involved in many public and community education related organizations within Lawton-Fort Sill. He has served on Great Plains Board of Education since 2005. He was re-elected for a new term in 2014.

Arthur Patrick

Patrick was appointed to the GPTC Board when Dr. Nathan Grantham resigned in 2009. Patrick was elected in 2010 to fill out the remaining three years of Dr. Grantham’s term. He has served as general manager of Lawton Communications for more than 30 years. As a high school student in 1974 and 1975, Patrick attended Great Plains electronics program. He graduated from Cameron University. Patrick has served on the board of directors for Marie Detty Youth Services and the Lawton-Fort Sill Economic Development Corporation.

Homer Ryan

Ryan is a Tillman County farmer-rancher and businessman. He attended Southwestern State University on a football scholarship. He graduated from Southwestern with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration. Ryan was the John Deere dealer in Frederick, OK and Wichita Falls, TX for nearly 30 years. He enjoys playing a significant role each year in the Tillman County Junior Livestock Show. He has served on the Great Plains Board since 2005.

Clark Smith
Smith has served on the Board of Education since 1987. He is a leader and active volunteer within the Lawton-Fort Sill Arts Community. He is an avid photographer having served as a past president of the Wichita Mountain Wild Light Society. Smith is also an active outdoorsman. He is president of Smith and Son’s Insurance Agency, Inc., as Independent Insurance Lawton agency.