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Tad Jones named new Will Rogers Museums chief

[ 0 ] June 13, 2014 |

By JARRETT HOBBS, Leader writer

Former State Rep. and Oologah High School graduate Tad Jones is coming home to Rogers County to become executive director of the Will Rogers Memorial Commission.

Jones was offered the position at a special meeting of the commission Friday and accepted early Friday afternoon.

The vote to hire Jones was unanimous, although commissioners Jim Hartz and Jennifer Rogers Etcheverry were unable to travel from the East and West Coasts respectively for the meeting.

A 1991 Oologah graduate from Oologah, where he was a star football player, Tad earned a degree in marketing from the University of Tulsa in 1996.

In 1998 he was elected to represent the 9th district in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and served until 2010, when he left office due to term limits.

During his time in office he was a member of House leadership, serving as Republican Majority Floor Leader.

Since leaving office Jones has served as Executive Director of the Grand Lake Association in Grove. In that role, he recently began co-hosting a television program about the lake broadcast by RSU Television, Channel 35.

Earlier this year current Executive Director of the Will Rogers Memorial Steve Gragert announced his retirement effective Sept. 1 after nearly forty years of dedication to Will Rogers’ legacy at Oklahoma State University and the Memorial Museums.

Commission Chairman Phil B. Albert said, “This is a very momentous day for the Museum. Tad Jones brings a great passion and resume of public service. We continue to celebrate Steve Gragert’s service to the Museum and look forward to the beginning of Tad Jones’ directorship.”

Jones will join the staff Aug. 1.

Jones is married to Samantha Hamilton, also an Oologah graduate. They have four sons.

Read more in the June 19th Oologah Lake Leader on stands now.


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