The Kentucky Board of Education will soon have a new chairman, as a result of board appointments announced Thursday by Gov. Steve Beshear.
Beshear said he is appointing five new members to the board, including William L. Twy man, a consultant and former educator from Barren County, who will replace William "Joe" Brothers of Elizabethtown.
Brothers has been chairman of the state school board since 2007. His term on the board has expired.
With Brothers' departure, the newly constituted board will elect a chairman when it holds its first regular meeting in August.
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Meanwhile, Beshear said he is making these appointments to the board:
■ Jonathan Parent, dean of student affairs at Madisonville Community College, will replace Austin W. Moss of Hopkinsville, whose term has expired.
■ Nelson County's Roger L. Marcum, executive vice president of St. Catharine College in Springfield, will replace John Douglas Hubbard of Bardstown, whose term has expired.
■ Mary Gwen Wheeler, a member of the Jefferson County Public Education Foundation and the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, replaces Jeanne H. Ferguson of Louisville, whose term has expired.
■ Mathan M. Jones, a continuing education counselor from Boyd County, replaces Katheryn R. Baird of Pike County, whose term has expired.
Beshear said he is reappointing C.B. Akins Jr. of Lexington and Judith H. Gibbons of Kenton County. Akins is a vice chairman of the board.
The board has 11 voting members: seven representing state Supreme Court districts and four representing the state at large. The additional, non-voting member is the president of the state Council on Postsecondary Education.
The latest board appointments will expire April 14, 2014.