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Vol.  45, No. 16                    

Feb.  17, 2011


State Board of Education Elects Officers

The State Board of Education elected new officers at its monthly meeting held this week.  Peter Herschend, Branson, was elected president; and Rev. Stan Archie, Kansas City, was elected vice president.  Their leadership terms will be in effect through December 2012.

Herschend succeeds David Liechti, St. Joseph, who has served on the State Board since October 2003 and as president since May 2009.  Although his eight-year term expired in July 2010, Liechti has continued to serve until a new appointment could be made.  Last week, Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Michael Jones, St. Louis, to succeed Liechti on the State Board.

Herschend is founder and co-owner of Herschend Family Entertainment, which owns Silver Dollar City and other entertainment properties.  He has been a member of the State Board since 1991.  This is his third election to the board president post, previously serving from 1994-96 and 2005-07.  Before this week’s election, he had been serving as vice president.  Herschend also served 12 years on the Branson Board of Education.

Archie is senior pastor of the Christian Fellowship Baptist Church.  He has served on the State Board since December 2006.  He also serves on the board of directors of the National Association of State Boards of Education and numerous civic and community organizations.

The State Board has eight members who serve staggered eight-year terms.  There is currently one vacancy.  Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.  Under the Missouri Constitution, the board has general authority to govern the state’s K-12 public school system.