Gov. Nixon Appoints New State Board of Education Member

Tue 10/07/14 - 14:47

Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed John Martin, Ph.D, to the Missouri State Board of Education.

Dr. Martin has an extensive background in education. He previously served as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent in the University City School District before moving to Virginia where he was an assistant superintendent in the rural Montgomery County School District from 1990-1997. Dr. Martin returned to Missouri and served as the superintendent of the Grandview C-4 School District from 1997-2006, and the deputy superintendent of the St. Louis Public School District in 2006 and 2007. He most recently served as the interim superintendent of the Kansas City Public School District in 2008.

“We are excited to have Dr. Martin join the State Board,” said Missouri Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro. “He brings a wealth of experience in education that includes time spent in St. Louis and Kansas City. He will be an invaluable member of the team.”

Dr. Martin earned a bachelor’s degree from Harris Stowe State University and a master’s degree from Washington University. He completed his doctorate at Virginia Polytechnic.

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate, but he will begin serving immediately. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending July 1, 2014.

Fri 06/14/13 - 09:27

Gov. Jay Nixon appointed O. Victor Lenz, Jr., Ph.D., from the 2nd Congressional District, St. Louis, to the Missouri State Board of Education.

Dr. Lenz has served as a teacher and administrator at Lindbergh Schools, ending his career with the district as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. He also served as president of the Missouri School Boards Association from 2011 to 2012. Lenz is currently the president of the Lindbergh Schools Board of Education, and in compliance with Missouri law, he will step down from the Lindbergh Board to serve on the State Board of Education.

"We are pleased to have Dr. Lenz as a member of the State Board of Education," said Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro. "Dr. Lenz has worked closely with the Department on several of our recent advisory committees, including the Missouri School Improvement Program. His nearly 40 years in public education will bring a wealth of knowledge and perspective to the State Board, and we look forward to his help in reaching our Top 10 by 20 goals."

Lenz has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Central Methodist College, a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from St. Louis University.

Lenz's appointment is subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate, but he will begin serving on the State Board of Education immediately. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending July 1, 2019.