P-16/P-20 Councils: Council Regularly Chaired (or Co-Chaired) by Governor
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P-16/P-20 Councils: Council Regularly Chaired (or Co-Chaired) by Governor

Eight councils are regularly chaired or co-chaired by the governor.

Why does it matter?

Sources for all data points are accessible through this link.

Methodology: ECS performed an initial search of statutes, regulations and executive orders. However, because many P-16 and P-20 councils are established independently of these means, ECS conducted interviews with and had all data verified by at least one contact in the state (typically a P-16 or P-20 council member or staff member supporting the council).

Last update: May 28, 2008

This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay, project manager, ECS High School Policy Center. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org.



Council regularly chaired (or co-chaired) by the governor
Arizona Yes
Arkansas No. The commission is chaired by a member of the Arkansas State University board of trustees.
California No. The council is chaired by a trustee professor from California State University, Los Angeles.
Colorado No. Two members–the lieutenant governor and the president of Colorado State University at Pueblo–co-chair the council.
Connecticut To be determined
Delaware No. The council is co-chaired by the president of the state board of education and the secretary of education.
Georgia No. The council is chaired by the state superintendent of education.
Hawaii No. Meetings are chaired by an individual chosen from the Leadership Team (comprised of the president of the University of Hawai'i, the state superintendent of education and the executive director of the Good Beginnings Alliance).
Illinois No. While statute states the governor or his designee will chair the council, it had not been determined as of March 2008 whether the governor or his designee would fill this role.
Indiana Yes–the council is co-chaired by the governor and the state superintendent.
Kansas No. The April 2008 executive order specifies that the governor will appoint the chair of the council.
Kentucky No. Chairmanship alternates between the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) and the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE). In 2008, the council is chaired by a member of the state board of education.
Louisiana Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence: No. The commission is co-chaired by a member of the board of regents and the board of elementary and secondary education (BESE).

High School Redesign Commission: No. The commission is chaired by the chair of the board of elementary and secondary education (BESE).
Maine No. The council is chaired by the commissioner of education.
Maryland Yes
Minnesota No. The chairmanship rotates every two years among the six executive team member organizations. The president of the University of Minnesota is the 2007-2009 council chair.
Mississippi No. Chairmanship will be determined when the council reconvenes in summer 2008.
Missouri No. The chairmanship rotates among council members; the council may look into a permanent chairmanship in 2008.
Montana No. The council is chaired by the parent representative.
Nebraska No. The council is co-chaired by the president of the University of Nebraska, the CEO of the EducationQuest Foundation and the Commissioner of Education.
Nevada No. Statute directs the council to elect a chair from among the members; governor is not a member of the council.
New Hampshire No. The council is chaired by the executive director of the New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission.
North Carolina Yes
Ohio Yes–the governor chairs the council, although the governor's education policy advisor (a non-voting member) presides over the council meetings in place of the governor.
Oklahoma No. The ACE Steering Committee is chaired by the state superintendent of public instruction.
Oregon No. The joint boards working group is co-chaired by the chairs of the state board of education and the state board of higher education.
Pennsylvania STEM: Yes
PASSHE Regional Councils: No
Rhode Island Yes
South Carolina No. Council is chaired by a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.
South Dakota No. The council is chaired by a program director from Jobs for the Future.
Tennessee No. The council is chaired by the executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
Texas No. By statute, the council is co-chaired by the commissioner of education and the commissioner of higher education.
Utah No. The council is co-chaired by the chairs of the state board of education and board of regents.
Virginia No. The council is chaired by the secretary of education, although the governor periodically attends meetings to be updated on the council's work.
Washington Yes
West Virginia No. The cabinet is co-chaired by the First Lady and a representative from the business community.
Wisconsin No. Chairmanship of the council rotates from meeting to meeting among the heads of the four lead agencies (Department of Public Instruction, University of Wisconsin System, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and Wisconsin Technical College System).
Wyoming No. The council is chaired by the associate vice president for academic affairs, University of Wyoming.

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