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Crystal Greene, 503-947-5650

June 21, 2013

State Board of Education Elects Officers for 2013-14 School Year

(Salem, Ore.) – The State Board of Education today elected Dr. Samuel Henry as Board Chair for the 2013-14 school year. The Board also elected Serilda Summers-McGee as Board Vice-Chair. The actions were taken at the Board's regular meeting in Salem.

Dr. Samuel Henry has served on the State Board since October of 2010 and replaces current Board Chair Artemio Paz, Jr. Dr. Henry has been a faculty member at Portland State University since 1992. He is an associate professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education and served as the Graduate School of Education doctoral program coordinator. Dr. Henry has an extensive education background dating back over 35 years. He previously held roles at San Jose State University as a university assistant vice president, associate dean, and program director, in addition to roles at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Columbia University. He also taught in public secondary schools in Washington D.C. and Binghamton, N.Y. and at Staten Island Community College. He has also served on the City of Portland Children’s Investment Fund and the Multnomah County Commission on Children and Families.

“As a university educator, State Board member, and former long-term member of the Oregon Commission on Children and Families, I’ve had a wonderful opportunity to serve and learn about the vibrant and diverse communities of Oregon,” said Dr. Samuel Henry. “This is the place where Ana Maria and I chose 21 years ago to make our home and raise our daughter. I am honored by this expression of teamwork and renewing our commitment to leadership that serves the public education policy needs of our state.”

Serilda Summers-McGee is the manager of Diverse Talent Planning at Kaiser Permanente Northwest, where she is responsible for the Affirmative Action, Diversity Recruitment, and Internship programs. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of Partners in Diversity and in a number of positions at Reed College including Assistant Dean of Residence Life. Serilda serves on the Albertina Kerr Governing Board, Stand for Children Oregon Advisory Board, and the National Association of State Boards of Education Board of Directors.

“I’m excited to work with Chair Henry on the State Board of Education,” said Summers-McGee. “Oregon is on the precipice of significant education reform and I’m honored to play a small part in the movement.”

The seven-member board sets educational policies and standards for Oregon's public school districts, community college districts, and educational service districts. State Board members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate. Five members represent Oregon’s five congressional districts and two members represent the state at large. Members serve a four-year term and are limited to two consecutive terms. The Board elects a chairperson to serve a one year term beginning on July 1.

Rob Saxton, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction
Crystal Greene, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5650

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