The Board of Trustees is the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences governing board.

Upcoming Meetings

Meeting Dates are the second Tuesday of each month, at 5:30 pm in the north commons of the school

Board Members

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Brian Bovaird

Professional Experience

Mr. Bovaird runs a business of remediation of hydrocarbon & brine impacted soils for the energy industry. His previous experiences have been with IBM Corporation, JDEwards World Solutions Company (now part of Oracle Corp), and VP of Sales/Operations for a 135 year old family business in oilfield supplies.

Community Experience

Brian serves on the Board for Camp Loughridge, is active with the Rotary Club of Tulsa (Chair of Camp Enterprise), serves as an advisory board member for Hope’s Crossing, a special needs camp for kids, and does consulting work for the Camp industry. Brian holds three U.S. Patents for environmental and measurement controls.


He earned his BA-Geology from Southern Methodist University, and MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.   Mr. Bovaird is completing his second term as President of the TSAS Board of Trustees.  He serves on the Strategic Planning and Facilities’ committees. You can view Brian’s LinkedIn profile at

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Jim Ford

Professional Experience

Dr. Ford is Associate Professor of Humanities and Director of the Honors Program at Rogers State University in Claremore, OK. He began teaching at RSU in 2000, following one semester as an adjunct at the University of Tulsa.


Dr. Ford graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1994 with a B.A. in philosophy and religious studies, and from Princeton University with his Master’s in 1997 and his Ph.D. in 2000 (both in religious studies).

Community Leadership

Dr. Ford is currently a member of the TSAS Board of Trustees.  He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, and represents RSU in the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC). He is a member of the NCHC’s Editorial Board as well as its Assessment and Teaching & Learning Committees.  He is the RSU Campus Coordinator for the Red Cross. He has two children, Jacob and Eli, and is married to Dr. Laura Gray (who also teaches at RSU).

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Dr. George Schnetzer

Dr. George Schnetzer joined the TSAS Board of Trustees in 2011. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he underwent additional specialty and subspecialty training at the University of Michigan Medical Center before coming to Tulsa in 1972 to begin the practice of Medical Oncology and Hematology. He is the founding partner of one of Oklahoma’s largest specialty groups, Tulsa Cancer Institute, which supports practices in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Stillwater, Bartlesville and several other Oklahoma cities and towns, and served for many years as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa . Retired from medical practice since 2000, he has devoted time and effort to community service as a board member and chair of Chamber Music Tulsa and KIPP Tulsa in addition to chairing committees supporting undergraduate research and special library collections at the University of Tulsa and serving on the Research Ethics Board at St. Francis Hospital. He and his wife, Mary Lhevine, enjoy gardening, cooking, travel, tutoring middle and high school students in math and reading and spending time with their five children and ten grandchildren.

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Allyson Leggett Watson PhD

Professional Experience

Dr. Watson serves Northeastern State University as the Eddings Endowed Chair for Urban Education, Outreach and Research. Because of her groundbreaking work in Oklahoma in the area of urban education, she was awarded the institution’s first named endowment. Prior to her appointment, she served as Assistant Dean in the College of Education at NSU. During her doctoral studies at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Watson was selected to serve as an AACTE Holmes Scholar. Her educational career and experience includes teaching 1st-8th grade in the urban areas within Oklahoma. Dr. Watson has focused her research on urban education, faculty of color in higher education, and urban school and university partnerships. As a national leader Watson was the first president of the Gates Millennium Scholar Alumni network. Watson is also the founding director of the Teaching and Urban Reform Network established in 2010 which promotes teacher preparation in urban schools.


Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Bethune Cookman University

Post Baccaulareate Multi-cultural education program
Columbia University, Teachers College

Master of Education in Education Administration, Curriculum and Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy in Education Administration, Curriculum and Supervision
University of Oklahoma

Community Leadership

Dr. Watson serves on the Board of Directors for Clarehouse a non-profit organization specializing in palliative care and co-chairs the Clarehouse Education Outreach Committee; the Gates Millennium Scholars Alumni organization as past president; the KIPP Tulsa Academy Education Committee and the special task force at Northeastern State University for Diversity and Equitable Practice.