Prior to beginning his tenure as Chief Executive Officer for the Community Service Council in September 2016, Kevin Burr served as Superintendent for Sapulpa Public Schools, and prior to that, as a public school administrator and Associate Superintendent for Secondary Schools for Tulsa Public Schools. In this latter role, he was instrumental in leading TPS’ consolidation (Project Schoolhouse) of 14 schools in 2011, the expansion of the district’s alternative school portfolio, and the district’s implementation of value-added analysis and Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE) within thirty-five secondary schools. The Tulsa Model for TLE was later adopted by nearly 500 school districts in the state of Oklahoma.
During his career, Mr. Burr has been nationally recognized for his work in leading the conceptual and philosophical redesign of secondary educational programs. As a school improvement specialist with High Schools That Work (Southern Regional Education Board – SREB), he led the Texas High School Project for SREB as Project Manager. The project was a partnership of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, and the Communities Foundation of Texas. He has worked tirelessly to institutionalize College and Career Readiness as a framework for graduation standards and expectation at his schools, relying heavily on Tony Wagner’s work with the Harvard Graduate School of Education to frame the emphasis necessary to prepare the foundation.
He has been honored as a Milken National Educator (1999); Kansas Principal of the Year (2000); Kansas Administrator of the Year (1993); Will Rogers Rotary Vocational Excellence Award recipient (2009); and twice received the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals Regional Principal of the Year award. He has served the Chairman of the Metropolitan Human Services Council (Tulsa); Elder at John Knox Presbyterian Church (Tulsa); Served on the Governor’s Council for School Safety (Oklahoma, 2013); Chairman of the Tulsa Council for Area School Administrators (TCASA); Executive Board for the Kansas State High School Activities Association; Board Member for the Sapulpa Chamber of Commerce; Board Member for the Creek County Board of Health; Board Member for Tulsa Area Youth Workforce Development; and Co-Chair of the Oklahoma University – Center for Engagement of Communities: Higher Ed Committee for University Assisted Community Schools.
Kevin is highly dedicated to the health and human service needs of the Tulsa community. Although new to the non-profit world, his passion for providing essential service to our community’s citizens who are most in need is evident. He is an avid reader, fly-fisherman and marathon runner. He and his wife, Theresa, can be found each Saturday running with the Runner’s World training group along the streets of the Tulsa area. He has completed five marathons, more than two dozen half-marathons and countless 5k road races. He and Theresa recently fulfilled a bucket-list item by finishing the Classic Marathon in Athens, Greece in the Fall of 2013.
He and Theresa make their home in Tulsa and encourage multiple visitations per year from their grandchildren and their favorite niece and nephew.
Kevin began his career more than thirty-five years ago as an English teacher and head football coach in Miltonvale, Kansas. The son of educators, husband of a former educator, and now grandfather to four whose parents are educators: the professional legacy to American education is vitally important in the Burr family. Throughout his career, Kevin has provided extensive service to the Tulsa area, as an educator, leader and community volunteer.