NSBA Announces 2016-2017 President Miranda Beard and New Board Leadership

April 20, 2016

New Board Will Push for Greater Recognition of Public Education as the New Frontier

Alexandria, Va. (April 20, 2016) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA) today announces its president and board leadership for 2016-17:  Miranda Beard of Mississippi’s Laurel School District, President; Kevin Ciak of New Jersey’s Sayreville School District, President-elect; and Frank C. Pugh of California’s Santa Rosa City School District, Secretary-Treasurer. NSBA’s 2015-16 President, John Tuttle of Oklahoma’s Kellyville Public Schools, will now serve as Immediate Past-President.

“Public education is the New Frontier, full of promise and offering a better tomorrow if we seize the opportunity to go there,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, NSBA. “I congratulate Miranda Beard, NSBA’s new president, and the new members of the board and appointments to the board. They are continuing their efforts to ensure public education is supported and recognized for its essential role in our children’s and our nation’s present and future. As leading advocates for public education they are doing everything they can to convince the nation that our schools are the New Frontier.”

NSBA’s 150 school board member Delegate Assembly held elections during NSBA’s Annual Conference, April 8-11, in Boston, Massachusetts. Before a crowd of more than 6,000 conference attendees, Beard, in her inaugural speech, thanked her family and public school education for contributing to the person she is today. Speaking of the power of high expectations, Beard urged school board members and public school leaders to “expect greatness from every child and from each other,” reminding them that, “the children in our schools are counting on us.”

“Miranda Beard is passionate and committed to advancing educational opportunities for students,” said Gentzel. “As NSBA’s president she will be an effective advocate for public education.”

Beard was elected to serve as a member of NSBA’s Board of Directors in April 2011, and was re-elected in 2012 for a three-year term. Beard has served as an NSBA Director representing the Southern Region, as NSBA’s Secretary-Treasury in 2014 and as president-elect in 2015. She is the president of the Laurel School District Board of Trustees and past-president of the Mississippi School Boards Association.

NSBA’s 2016-17 board members include

From the Northeast Region:

Jacob Oliveira, Ludlow, Massachusetts

Nandi Sekou, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

Lydia Tedone, Simsbury, Connecticut

From the Southern Region:

Robert F. Alvey, Jr., Jackson, Tennessee

Beth Branham, West Columbia, South Carolina

Viola Garcia, Houston, Texas

From the Central Region:

Donald Hubler, Clinton, Michigan

John S. Payne, Hartford City, Indiana

Charlie Wilson, Columbus, Ohio

From the Western Region:

Frank Henderson, Topeka, Kansas

Neil Putnam, Mitchell, South Dakota

Barb Riley, Columbia Falls, Montana

From the Pacific Region:

Tiffany Jackson, Sand Point, Alaska

Jesus Rubalcava, Gila Bend, Arizona

JoDee Sundberg, Orem, Utah

Serving as NSBA ex-officio directors on the board for 2016-2017 are:

Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq. of Prince George’s County Public Schools, District 5, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, as the Chair of the Council of Urban Boards of Education;

Andrew M. Sanchez of Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP, as the Chair of the Council of School Attorneys;

Lillian Tafoya of  Bakersfield City School District, California, as Chair of the National Hispanic Council of School Board Members;

Dr. Emma Turner of La Mesa-Spring Valley School District, California, Chair of the National Black Council of School Board Members;

Dr. Michael W. Waldrop Esq., Executive Director of the Mississippi School Boards Association, as Chair of the Organization of State Association Executive Directors; and

Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, NSBA, Alexandria, Virginia.

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