The Missouri School Boards’ Association’s Board of Directors has agreed unanimously to select Melissa Randol as executive director of the Missouri School Boards’ Association effective July 1, 2015. The Board of Directors made the decision at its meeting in Columbia on Saturday, July 12. Randol will succeed Dr. Carter Ward who is retiring as executive director effective June 30, 2015 after serving in that position for more than 30 years. Randol currently serves as MSBA’s deputy executive director and general counsel. She has been employed by MSBA for the past 20 years.
“This was an easy choice for the MSBA Board of Directors. Melissa is a uniquely qualified and an incredibly talented individual who has tremendous passion for local boards of education and for public education in Missouri. She is the obvious choice to lead MSBA into the future and to build on the outstanding organization led so effectively by Dr. Ward for the past 31 years,” says MSBA President Doug Whitehead, a school board member from Jefferson City.
“I am humbled and honored that the MSBA Board of Directors has selected me for this position. It is a tremendous responsibility and I look forward to ensuring that the Missouri School Boards’ Association continues the important work of helping local boards of education succeed in their critical role as education leaders in their communities,” says Randol.