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Governor Abbott appoints Dr. Keven Ellis chair of the State Board of Education

State Board chairs past and present Keven Ellis and Donna Bahorich


Gov. Greg Abbott today appointed Lufkin chiropractor Dr. Keven Ellis chair of the State Board of Education (SBOE).

Although the members of the board are elected, the governor appoints the chair from among the 15 board members. The appointment must be confirmed by the Texas Senate.

“It’s an honor to be given this position of trust,” Ellis said. “The State Board of Education plays a key role in our state’s public education system. It sets the curriculum standards, adopts instructional materials, and oversees the country’s largest educational endowment, just to name a few of our responsibilities. I pledge to work with all members and lead the board in a bipartisan fashion as has my predecessor Donna Bahorich.”

“I’m delighted to hand the gavel over to Dr. Ellis,” said Bahorich, who after four years as board chair has served the maximum time available in that leadership role. “I hope Dr. Ellis finds this role as rewarding and meaningful as I have.”

“He has already demonstrated tremendous statewide leadership during his tenure as vice chair of the Texas Commission on Public School Finance, which laid the groundwork for our state’s new school funding law,” she said.

Ellis was first elected to the SBOE in November 2016, after serving as board president of the Lufkin Independent School District Board of Trustees. As the SBOE District 9 member, Ellis represents about 1.7 million residents in Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, Rusk, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood counties.


School volunteers recognized as 2019 Heroes for Children

2019 Heroes for Children

Fifteen school volunteers, who collectively have devoted 179 years of service to the Texas public schools, were honored by the State Board of Education Friday as Heroes for Children.

The volunteers provided a wide range of services, including creating a suicide prevention program, leading successful bond campaigns, and mentoring struggling readers.

With this year’s group of honorees, the SBOE has now recognized 465 Texans with this award over the past quarter century. Learn how this year's recipients have enriched our Texas public schools at