CCSSO Announces Missouri Chief Joins Board of Directors

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Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2022) – The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced Missouri Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Margie Vandeven will join its Board of Directors.

CCSSO Board President Molly Spearman has appointed Vandeven to fill the seat vacated by Guam Department of Education Superintendent Jon Fernandez.

“It is an honor to join the CCSSO Board of Directors during this transformational time in education,” Vandeven said. “Across the country, educators are taking lessons learned from the pandemic and reimagining teaching and learning to better serve our students and families. These are often big, difficult conversations, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that we emerge from the pandemic stronger, more agile and better prepared. I can’t think of a better time to connect more with state leaders from across the nation and offer further insight from the Show-Me State.”

“Commissioner Vandeven is a trusted voice and a leader among state chiefs,” said CCSSO Chief Executive Officer Carissa Moffat Miller. “She is committed to working with educators, families and communities to provide an equitable educational opportunity for all students. I look forward to having her experience and expertise on the Board of Directors.”

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 2021-2022 Board of Directors is:

  • President: Molly Spearman, South Carolina
  • President-Elect: Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota
  • Past President: Matthew Blomstedt, Nebraska
  • Board Member: Katy Anthes, Colorado
  • Board Member: Daniel French, Vermont
  • Board Member: Michael Johnson, Alaska
  • Board Member: Johnny Key, Arkansas
  • Board Member: Penny Schwinn, Tennessee
  • Board Member: Margie Vandeven, Missouri


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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