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The Board of Directors for the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust extends offer to candidate to lead organization as executive director

Selected candidate demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, its mission, operations and future opportunities

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 3, 2016) -- The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Board of Directors announced at its board meeting on Thursday that an offer has been extended to a final candidate for the position of executive director. 

The board unanimously agreed to extend the offer to a candidate after determining the person brings the essential leadership qualities and management experience consistent with the detailed job description published on Sept. 8, 2016, and will move TSET forward following the retirement of the current executive director Tracey Strader.

“We are pleased to extend an offer and believe we have identified the best person for the position,” said Jim Gebhart, chairman of the TSET Board of Directors and a member of the search committee. “As the board discovered during its review of all of the candidates today, the pool was solid.  The board considered a very talented and diverse pool of candidates. The size combined with the overall caliber of the pool underscored that the position to lead TSET is highly desirable.”

Gebhart continued, “Since we are confident we have found the right person, we offered the job on a permanent basis.”

Working with Switchgear Search and Recruiting in Tulsa, the board has sought to achieve a balance between conducting an open process with the expectation of candidates to maintain confidentiality.

After reviewing all 58 candidates in executive session at Thursday’s board of directors’ meeting, the selection committee recommended a smaller number of candidates for further consideration. The board evaluated and considered the qualifications based on alignment with the criteria outlined in the job description before deciding to extend an offer to a candidate.

“The candidate displayed a knowledge, understanding and appreciation for TSET and its role in improving the health and quality of life for Oklahomans by implementing programs to prevent tobacco use and obesity,” said Don Millican, vice chairman of the TSET Board of Directors.

The board reported the candidate was offered a salary of $143,714, which is in line with the state guidelines.

“We respect the candidate’s request for time to consider the offer,” Millican said.


The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust
The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public's health. TSET. Better Lives Through Better Health.