CCSSO Announces Guam Chief Joins Board of Directors

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Washington, D.C. (August 6, 2021) – The Council of Chief State School Officers today announced Guam Superintendent of Education Jon Fernandez will join its Board of Directors.

"It is a privilege and honor to have this opportunity to serve on the CCSSO Board of Directors during such a critical time in education as we all work to emerge from this pandemic stronger and more focused than ever,” Fernandez said. “We have a tremendous task ahead of us to ensure and sustain the safe return of all of our children back to school, and I look forward to bringing Guam's experiences and solutions to the table as part of our national discussion." 

“I look forward to Superintendent Fernandez’s leadership, experience, and unique perspective on CCSSO’s board. He is the longest-serving current member of CCSSO and has dedicated his tenure to improving high school graduation rates and ensuring students in Guam graduate college- and career-ready since 2012,” said CCSSO Chief Executive Officer Carissa Moffat Miller. 

CCSSO’s Board of Directors manages the overall business affairs of the Council and is the governing body of the organization. The Board is composed of the president, the president-elect, the past president and six directors elected by members of the CCSSO membership. 

CCSSO’s 2020-2021 Board of Directors is:

  • President: Matthew Blomstedt, Nebraska
  • President-Elect: Molly Spearman, South Carolina
  • Past President: Jillian Balow, Wyoming
  • Board Member: Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota
  • Board Member: Katy Anthes, Colorado
  • Board Member: Sydnee Dickson, Utah
  • Board Member: Michael Johnson, Alaska
  • Board Member: James Lane, Virginia
  • Board Member: Jon Fernandez, Guam


The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Bureau of Indian Education, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.

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