W.Va. Board of Education Member Honored with National Award

December 07, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Board of Education member Lowell Johnson has been honored by the National Association of Education Service Agencies for his outstanding contributions to education on the state, regional and national levels.
Johnson received the award at the organization’s annual meeting in Colorado. Nominees for the award can include board members, state legislators, Congress members, and local, state or national educators. Criteria for the award include advancement of the goals and philosophies of educational service agencies, outstanding accomplishments and innovative practices in education, and the exercise of leadership.
“I am honored to be recognized for doing what I believe is in the best interest of West Virginia children,” Johnson said. “When you focus on children, your decisions become clearer.” 
Earlier this year, Johnson was appointed to the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education’s State Partnership Board. The council is a coalition of 33 member organizations of teachers, teacher educators, content specialists, and local and state policymakers, who serve as the education profession’s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation.
A lifelong West Virginian who currently lives in Lewisburg, Johnson also is past president of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) and is a current member of the NASBE Board of Directors. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the National Education Association, the Southern Regional Education Board and the Education Commission of the States. He serves on the Governor’s 21st Century Jobs Council, the Governor’s Commission on Technology, the West Virginia International Education Commission and the Advisory Board of Directors for the West Virginia State Fair.
Johnson was appointed to the state Board of Education in January 2004 by former Gov. Bob Wise and completed his second term as state board president in 2007. He previously served as the assistant secretary for ports for the West Virginia Department of Transportation.
He has an extensive history with education in West Virginia. He earned his bachelor's degree in education from Concord College, a master's degree in guidance and counseling from West Virginia University, as well as a doctoral degree in reading and psychology from WVU.
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