Dr. Sean McDaniel, longtime Oklahoman and educator with more than three decades experience, is Oklahoma City Public Schools’ new superintendent. McDaniel joined OKCPS from Mustang Public Schools, a suburban district located southwest of Oklahoma City, where he has served as superintendent since 2012.
McDaniel began his career in education as a language arts instructor at Denver’s Highland High School from 1986-1988. He has served in several teaching, coaching and administrative capacities in both Colorado and Oklahoma. A proud graduate of Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Dr. McDaniel went on to earn his master’s degree in educational administration from NSU and his doctorate in educational leadership from Oklahoma State University. This year marks his 33rd year in education and 17th as a district superintendent.
Dr. McDaniel is highly respected by his peers across the state and was recently named Oklahoma Superintendent of the Year by CCOSA. His knowledge and expertise are recognized at the state level, where he has served on the governor’s education advisory board, the state superintendent’s advisory council and on the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association’s board of directors. He also serves on the Cavett Kids Foundation Board.
Sean and his wife, Traci, have two children: Erin and Mac. Erin, a computer analyst, resides in Coweta with her 2-year old son, Russell and his new baby sister, Mila. Mac will be a freshman at Tulsa University in the fall. Sean’s wife, Traci, teaches private piano and vocal lessons.
Pat Potts co-founded the Community Resource Development Foundation and its successor, the Potts Family Foundation (PFF). She also founded the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits and served as president and CEO for over 20 years. Pat was also a founder of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition. Pat previously served as President on the Oklahoma City School Board, Oklahoma City Beautiful, the Zoo Trust, and the Society of Fund Raising Executives. She currently serves on the board of Sunbeam Foundation. Pat was honored by the Journal Record as “Woman of the Year” in 2012. She was inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame and with her husband, Ray Potts, into the OCU Business School Hall of Honor in 2017. She focuses on leveraging resources “to address root causes and build the human potential of the people of our state one child and one organization at a time.”