Kentucky Board of Education elects groundbreaking chairman

William L. Twyman is the new chairman of the Kentucky Board of Education.
William L. Twyman is the new chairman of the Kentucky Board of Education. The Kentucky Department of Education

The Kentucky Board of Education elected William L. “Bill” Twyman as its new chairman Thursday.

Twyman, who had been the board’s vice chairman, replaces Roger Marcum, who has exhausted his three-year limit as board chairman.

Twyman, of Cave City, is thought to be the first black person to lead the state school board, which oversees Kentucky’s K-12 public schools, according to Kentucky School Boards Association spokesman Brad Hughes. Hughes said he had researched all available records Thursday.

“I will try to do my best for the children of Kentucky — all children,” Twyman said in a statement.

Twyman is a semi-retired educator. He taught math and science in the Glasgow Independent school district and worked in administration as a principal and in the central office, Kentucky Department of Education Spokeswoman Nancy Rodriguez said.

The state board also elected board member Mary Gwen Wheeler of Louisville as its vice chairman.

Twyman and Wheeler will serve in their positions for the next year. Kentucky’s governor appoints state school board members. Twyman was appointed by former Gov. Steve Beshear to a four-year term ending in April 2018, Hughes said.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: 859-231-3409, @vhspears