Dotson joins MPS as chief financial officer
Jon Dotson joined Mustang Public School District July 1 as its new chief financial officer.
Mustang Board of Education voted to hire Dotson during its June 30 special meeting. Dotson has worked in education for 30 years and was most recently Varnum Public Schools’ superintendent.
Mustang Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel led the team interviewing candidates for the CFO position. McDaniel said Dotson was the clear choice for the job.
“Superintendents for smaller school districts have to serve as the chief financial officer for the district as well,” he said. “It was obvious from the interview that Dotson knows school finance inside and out.
“It will be a bonus for the district that he has served in multiple capacities in school districts, including in a classroom and as a building principal,” McDaniel said. “He understands the needs at every level.”
Dotson attended Guymon High School, graduating in 1975. He earned a bachelor’s degree in math and physical education in 1979 from Panhandle State University and a master’s in school administration from University of Central Oklahoma in 1991.
Dotson began his career in education in 1980 as a teacher/coach for Fairview High School. He has worked as a math and science teacher on several levels, including chemistry, physics, anatomy, algebra, geometry and trigonometry, and has served as a coach for a variety of sports, he said. Dotson served as middle school principal for Harrah Public School District from 1996 through 2000 and is former superintendent for Paden, Madill and Varnum school districts.
Dotson was getting settled in after the long July 4 weekend, working with Interim CFO Nancy McKay to it the ground running.
“I want to thank the Mustang School Board, Dr. McDaniel and the administrative team for this opportunity,” he said Tuesday. “I cannot wait to meet the principals, teachers and support personnel when they return for the new school year.
“I have felt from my first day on the job that the priority for the central office is to affect student learning and safety – it seems apparent that my co-workers are fully engaged with the vision of Mustang Schools,” Dotson said. “I feel honored and blessed to be a part of the Mustang school family.”