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BESE elects new president, officers for 2017

January 24, 2017

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) elected its 2017 officers during the BESE meetings in Baton Rouge this week. The Board elected District 5 BESE member Dr. Gary Jones president, District 7 member Dr. Holly Boffy vice president, and District 8 member Jada Lewis secretary-treasurer.

A former Superintendent of Claiborne Parish Schools and Rapides Parish Schools, and the 2010-11 Louisiana State School Superintendent of the Year, Dr. Jones has served in virtually every capacity in public education during his career, including teacher, football coach, assistant principal and principal. A retired Brigadier General in the U.S. Army, his public service includes a parallel military career of both active and reserve duty. He was elected to represent BESE District 5 in 2015 and has served as Chair of the Board’s School Innovation and Turnaround Committee.

Dr. Boffy is serving in her second year as Vice President, having been elected to the Board in 2011. She serves as Chair of BESE’s Academic Goals and Instructional Improvement Committee. A former Louisiana State Teacher of the Year (2010), she taught middle school for 10 years and is currently the Program Director of Teacher and Leader Development for the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Ms. Lewis was elected in 2015 to represent BESE District 8, and has served as a member of the Board’s School Innovation and Turnaround Committee. She is currently the Assistant Dean of Diversity for the College of Engineering at Louisiana State University.

BESE is composed of 11 members. Eight members are elected, one from each of the state’s eight BESE districts, and three members are appointed by the governor to represent the state at-large. Board members serve a four-year term that runs concurrently with the term of the governor. The Board elects its officers on an annual basis.

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Contact:
Kevin Calbert, Communications Manager
(225) 342-5847  |  kevin.calbert@la.gov


BESE is the administrative policymaking body for elementary and secondary schools in Louisiana. The Board sets key education initiatives and works to outline an education agenda to achieve continuous improvement of public education as measured by student and school achievement.