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

October 17, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va.   West Virginia Board of Education Member Lowell Johnson was selected Friday as president-elect of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) at the organization’s annual conference in Arlington, Va. 

“I’m honored to be chosen by my colleagues to help lead this organization,” Johnson said. “I’m proud of the leading role West Virginia is playing on the national level. It is my hope that the forward-thinking changes we are making in West Virginia with our 21st Century Learning program will serve as a model for 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.

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