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Governor Parson Appoints Newest Member of the State Board of Education

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 17:20

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Pamela Westbrooks-Hodge (Pasadena Hills) was appointed to the State Board of Education today by Missouri Governor Mike Parson. Mrs. Westbrooks-Hodge joins the State Board of Education after serving as a member of the Joint Executive Governing Board at Normandy Schools Collaborative since December 2015.

“Pamela’s time on the board in Normandy has given her a front row seat to the great work happening in our public schools, the challenges they’re currently facing and how the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) supports their efforts,” said Commissioner Vandeven. “That experience makes Pamela such a valuable addition to our State Board of Education. We are so looking forward to the insight she will bring to our discussions.”

Mrs. Westbrooks-Hodge works for Edward Jones, leading Information Systems Audit. She holds certifications in financial, operational and information systems auditing and has considerable expertise in strategy formulation and execution and talent development. She previously worked for Express Scripts, Anheuser-Busch and Bank of America in senior governance, risk and compliance roles. Mrs. Westbrooks-Hodge is a graduate of Normandy High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Northwest Missouri State University, then her master's degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Mrs. Westbrooks-Hodge fills the seat of Mike Jones (St. Louis), who has served on the State Board of Education for nine years. Mr. Jones’ term expired in July 2018. He has since been serving at the pleasure of the Governor until a replacement was named.

“We cannot thank Mike enough for his service and commitment to the department’s work and the students of Missouri,” said State Board of Education President Charlie Shields. “His voice and perspective have been so appreciated over the years.”

Mrs. Westbrooks-Hodge will begin her service after her appointment is confirmed by the Missouri Senate.