Governor Abercrombie Accepting Applications for BOE Vacancy
By Wendy Osher
Governor Neil Abercrombie is accepting applications to fill a single seat on the state Board of Education. This will be the governor’s first BOE appointment since voters approved of an amendment in November, giving him the authority to appoint members.
The state Legislature continues to discuss legislation detailing the appointment process.
The BOE vacancy was created by Oahu at-large member Lei Ahu Isa, Ph. D., who resigned on January 25, 2011. According to state law, the Governor is tasked with appointing a replacement when there is a BOE vacancy.
Applicants can apply for the post through the Governor’s website.
“We want to maximize outreach to the people of Hawaii to get the most qualified applicants and give them the opportunity to serve and advance our public education system,” said Gov. Abercrombie.
“It is my intention to replace Dr. Isa with a member who will continue serving on the Board of Education for the long term,” he said.
Abercrombie said he is looking for board members who are independent, bring diverse perspectives, and stand up for the rights of children. Other attributes include experience related to governing an organization of DOE’s size and complexity including those who have led large or complex businesses, public agencies or non-profit organizations.
“They need to work as a team and put the interests of the children first to restore trust of parents, policymakers, educators and the public,” said Gov. Abercrombie.
BOE members oversee the Department of Education, which is one of the state’s largest employers.
The Governor’s Office is also accepting applications from those interested in serving on the 150 boards and commissions appointed by the Governor.