The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration Announces New Executive Director
Mar 13, 2017

The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration Announces New Executive Director

Dr. Pam Deering brings years of experience in public school administration, finance and leadership to the position

March 13, 2017 (OKLAHOMA CITY) The Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA), a not for profit organization which works to improve the effectiveness of professional school administrators and to communicate the needs of the schools, has announced Dr. Pam Deering as its new Executive Director. Deering has been serving as Interim Executive Director since November 2016.

Devoting her career to public education in Oklahoma, Deering has served as Assistant State Superintendent & Director of Finance at the Oklahoma State Department of Education, Superintendent of Midwest City-Del City Schools and most recently as OASA Executive Director and Interim CCOSA Executive Director.

“Dr. Deering’s prestigious career in our state reflects her strong leadership skills and dedication to students in Oklahoma,” said Jerry Needham, Superintendent of Oktaha Schools and board chair of CCOSA. “Her work ethic is unparalleled, she is held in high regard among our membership, and we are enthusiastic about her potential to positively impact school administrators, students and public schools in our state.”

She initially began her career working as a special education teacher before moving to the State Department of Education, first in the Special Education Section and later serving as the Assistant Superintendent for Finance. She then moved into budget and financial management positions first in Oklahoma City Public Schools, in Moore Public Schools, and then in Midwest City-Del City Schools, serving also as the Superintendent before becoming OASA Executive Director in 2015.

“I am thrilled about this opportunity with CCOSA,” Deering said. “This organization plays a valuable role to our members by providing professional development and educational resources while also making sure the voices of Oklahoma school administrators are heard at the Capitol. As a longtime school administrator, the chance to help create a shared vision for academic success based on research and to collaborate with administrators, teachers and the community is something I am passionate about.”

Dr. Deering will begin her position at CCOSA immediately. She will also be inducted into the University of Oklahoma’s Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Hall of Fame on March 31.

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About the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA)

CCOSA is an incorporated, not for profit organization which establishes close and continuous communication and cooperation between educators, taxpayers and legislators to improve the effectiveness of professional school administrators and to communicate the needs of the schools.

The Council is the umbrella organization for the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators (OASA), the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals (OASSP), the Oklahoma Association of Elementary School Principals (OAESP), the Oklahoma Middle Level Education Association (OMLEA), and the Oklahoma Directors of Special Services (ODSS).

CCOSA's mission is to promote quality administrative leadership for Oklahoma schools through professional development, legislation, and member services.