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Elgin businessman appointed to CareerTech Board of Education

April 16, 2021

Edward Hilliary Jr. is the newest appointee to the Oklahoma CareerTech Board of Education.

The Oklahoma native is the managing partner of Hilliary Communications, the trade name for five regulated telephone companies and three broadband companies in Oklahoma and Texas, with operations in 22 counties.

Oklahoma CareerTech Director Marcie Mack said Hilliary will serve a six-year term ending April 1, 2027.

"Mr. Hilliary has more than 30 years’ experience building rural telecommunications and broadband,” Mack said. “His industry experience and understanding of workforce demands will be a great asset to our system and the CareerTech Board."

A big proponent of Oklahoma’s CareerTech System, Hilliary called CareerTech “the best vocational education system in the nation.”

“Oklahoma CareerTech has done a great job of adapting and developing programs as new industries and companies relocate to the state,” he said. “I look forward to working with the board to continue to provide the education and training required for Oklahoma’s evolving workforce.”

Prior to joining the leadership team at Hilliary Communications, Hilliary earned a degree in criminal justice from Cameron University and served as a police officer for the city of Lawton.

Hilliary is very active in community and national boards and activities. He is a member of the Elgin Library Board of Directors, and serves on the Armed Services YMCA in Lawton, which provides outreach, support, and social opportunities to military families in southwestern Oklahoma.

Other organizational involvement includes the Elgin Tip-in, Quarterback Clubs and Elgin Schools Education Foundation. In his free time, Hilliary is an avid sports fan and traveler who enjoys spending time with his family.

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