CCSSO Announces Utah Chief Joins Board of Directors

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Washington, D.C. (June 29, 2022) – The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson will join its Board of Directors.

CCSSO Board President Molly Spearman has appointed Dickson to fill the seat vacated by Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Commissioner Michael Johnson. Dickson previously served on the Board from 2018 to 2021.

I am honored to rejoin CCSSO’s Board of Directors,” Dickson said. “CCSSO is a highly respected organization based on the technical assistance and service they provide to state education leaders, as well as their collaboration with other organizations to improve opportunities and outcomes for all students. As state school chiefs, we are working together to lead systems of student success, and CCSSO is a critical partner in making this happen. I look forward to contributing to the work through service on the Board.”

“Superintendent Dickson is a lifelong educator and thoughtful leader, committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure all students have an equitable educational opportunity. Her work with state and local health officials throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been a model for other state leaders,” said CCSSO Chief Executive Officer Carissa Moffat Miller. “We are grateful to again have her expertise and leadership as part of 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: Sydnee Dickson, Utah
  • Board Member: Daniel French, Vermont
  • 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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