GOV. EASLEY APPOINTS THREE MEMBERS TO STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
RALEIGH -- Gov. Mike Easley today appointed three members to the State Board of Education.
Easley appointed Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital of Wilmington, Vice Chancellor for the Division for Public Service and Extended Education of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington; Patricia Nickens Willoughby of Raleigh, Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at Meredith College; and Wayne McDevitt of Asheville, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Financial Affairs of the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
"As North Carolina schools work hard to reduce class size, recruit and train new teachers, implement character education, and prepare students for the new economy, this board will be faced with many challenges," said Easley. "These three diverse individuals will contribute greatly as the board faces these challenges and works to improve our public school system. These individuals are all dedicated professionals who know the needs of our system of education. They are willing to work hard to insure quality educational opportunities for all North Carolinians."
The appointments are effective immediately, pending confirmation by the General Assembly. The terms expire March 31, 2009.
The 15-member board supervises and administers the public school system and the educational funds provided for its support.
About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.
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