chamber and five other area chambers of commerce to collaborate on regional
"It was real monumental to us," said Frank, CEO of Schnake Turnbo Frank PR. "Now as we look to 2012, how are we going to capitalize on what we've learned from these communities?"
Having a new City Council working with the Mayor's Office and chamber can only make things better, she said.
"No doubt about it, it's an exciting opportunity," Frank said.
She's also one of only three women who have held the top position at the chamber. The others were Paula Marshall-Chapman, CEO of Bama Cos., and Barbara Gardner, MetLife vice president.
"I'm certainly honored. It's a real privilege for me. I'm humbled by it," she said. "I just want to be one of many women and minorities to take this position in Tulsa."
Working in public relations and with so many Tulsa-based clients has also been an advantage for her, Frank said.
"It gives you an insight into what's going on in the community. You really have your finger on the pulse of the community," she said. "What an incredibly exciting time it is for the Tulsa region. All of these things that have been going on, we all need to be forward thinking."
- SARA PLUMMER, World Staff Writer
The University of Tulsa is seeking a president.
New University of Tulsa President: Target for new leader April
It's too late for basketball and too early for football, but an important college championship will be decided in April anyway.
That's the month the University of Tulsa has targeted for naming its 18th president.
TU President Steadman Upham announced in April that he would retire in 2012.
Presidential Search Committee Chairman Duane Wilson said the 16-member panel started soliciting nominees in the fall and that there has been no shortage of strong candidates.
"We believe because of the progress we've made at TU, we've been able to attract a lot of attention," Wilson said.
The committee will start evaluating the nominees early this year. The finalists should be lined up in February or March.
While TU has a history of traditional academics in its top leadership post, Wilson said the panel won't be afraid to think creatively about the future.
"We're committed to finding the best leader we can for the University of Tulsa," he said.
The next president's biggest challenge will be continuing the school's recent success, he added.
TU was ranked 93rd among national doctoral universities in U.S. News and World Report's 2011 edition of America's Best Colleges.
In June, the school completed a comprehensive fundraising campaign that brought in more than $698 million. The five-year campaign created 47 endowed faculty positions, brought in $120 million in new scholarship endowments and transformed the physical campus.
"We're quite proud of the significant progress that we've made over the past decade," Wilson said.
- WAYNE GREENE, World Senior Writer
12 DATES FOR 2012
The Tulsa Drillers' home opener is April 12. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World file
Here are a few important dates coming up this year:
Feb. 5: Super Bowl Sunday
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