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Monday, March 02, 2015

New Mexico Chief Joins CCSSO Board of Directors

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

Washington, D.C. (March 2, 2015) - The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today announced New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera will join its 2014-2015 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 CCSSO members.

"Throughout her career, Hanna has been a staunch advocate for children and works to ensure all students have access to a world-class, quality education. We are honored to have her join our Board of Directors," said Chris Minnich, Executive Director of CCSSO.

Skandera has served as the Secretary of Education in New Mexico since December of 2010. Prior to this role, Skandera served as CEO of Laying the Foundation, a national teacher-training program.  Skandera also previously served as Florida's Deputy Commissioner of Education and as a senior policy advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Education.  Skandera has her Master's of Public Policy from Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy and her Bachelor's degree in Business from Sonoma State University.

Here is a full list of CCSSO's 2014-2015 Board of Directors:

  • President: June Atkinson (NC)
  • President-Elect: Lillian Lowery (MD)
  • Past-President: Terry Holliday (KY)
  • Brenda Cassellius (MN)
  • Mitchell Chester (MA)
  • Randy Dorn (WA)
  • Tony Evers (WI)
  • Chris Koch (IL)
  • Hanna Skandera (NM)


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, 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.