W.Va. Board of Education Member Takes on National Role

January 07, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With a new year, West Virginia Board of Education Member Lowell Johnson has assumed a new role as president of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE).
"I am honored to be chosen by my colleagues to help lead this organization,” Johnson said. “As president, I am committed to improving academic achievement and student success for all students. I am proud of the leading role West Virginia is playing on the national level in this area with Global21 and look forward to sharing our approach with the rest of the country.” 
Johnson, a member of NASBE’s Board of Directors, is one of two directors representing the southern area that includes West Virginia. Johnson previously served as chairman for the organization’s Governmental Affairs Committee.
"Lowell Johnson has served an important role on the West Virginia Board of Education as our state has moved forward to add rigor and relevance and incorporate 21st century skills into our curriculum,” West Virginia Superintendent Steve Paine said. “I am confident he also will provide solid guidance as NASBE also faces new challenges in the 21st century."
The National Association of State Boards of Education is the only national organization giving voice and adding value to the nation's state boards of education. The nonprofit organization works to strengthen state leadership in educational policymaking, promote excellence in the education of all students, advocate equality of access to educational opportunity and assure continued citizen support for public education.
"Lowell Johnson has dedicated most his professional life to education," said NASBE Executive Director Brenda Welburn. "His passion for making sure the schoolchildren of his state and the nation receive the best public education possible will help Lowell continue in his role as an effective and eloquent leader of the NASBE membership. We look forward to working with him as our president in 2010."
Other members of the West Virginia Board of Education also have been appointed to serve roles with NASBE in 2010. West Virginia Board President Priscilla Haden and Board Secretary Virginia Harris will serve on the “For the Common Good” Study Group on Education and the Military. Vice President Jenny Phillips will serve on the 2010 Structure of Schools Study Group, while Gayle Manchin will serve as chairwoman of the 21st Century Educator Study Group and Delores Cook will serve on the Government Affairs Committee.
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