Iowa State Board of Education Members
The Iowa State Board of Education consists of ten members: nine voting members who are appointed by the governor for six-year terms and subject to Senate confirmation; and one nonvoting student member who serves a one-year term, also appointed by the governor.
Rosie Hussey, President
Rosie Hussey of Clear Lake joined the State Board in 2004. She is a Mason City Chamber Ambassador and a member of the Mason City Economic Development Board. Hussey served as a trustee at North Iowa Area Community College and has been actively involved with many other boards and community activities. She was born and educated in St. Louis.
Charles C. Edwards, Jr., Vice President
Charlie Edwards joined the State Board in 2000. He is Dean of two colleges at Drake University: School of Journalism and Mass Communication and College of Business and Public Administration. He is a former Publisher and President of the Des Moines Register. Edwards is a member of numerous boards, including the Gardner and Florence Call Cowles Foundation, Iowa College Foundation, and the Des Moines Art Center. Charlie is from Des Moines. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Colorado.
Diane Crookham-Johnson of Oskaloosa was appointed to the State Board in May 2012. She is an attorney at Crookham-Johnson Law Office. She received a bachelor's degree from The University of Iowa and a law degree from Drake University. She volunteers at Iowa Legal Aid and served on the Institute for Tomorrow's Workforce Board and the State Core Curriculum Board.
Sister Jude Fitzpatrick
Sister Jude Fitzpatrick of West Des Moines was named to the State Board of Education in 2002. She now serves as vice-chancellor for the Diocese of Des Moines after completing two terms as President of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary. Prior to that, she served the Diocese of Des Moines as superintendent of schools for 12 years and assistant superintendent for three years. She also served as principal of St. Theresa's school in Des Moines, and was a classroom instructor.
Michael Knedler of Council Bluffs joined the State Board in May 2010. He taught in the areas of history, government and economics for 32 years at Iowa Western Community College before retiring in 2002. At that time he received the Iowa Outstanding Faculty Award from the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees. Since retirement, he has served on the Pottawattamie County Empowerment Board and has been involved in many other boards and community activities. Knedler received his Ph.D. in higher education from Iowa State University.
Valorie Kruse of Sioux City joined the State Board in 2008. She has worked as long- and short-term substitute teacher in the Sergeant-Bluffs and Sioux City School Districts. Kruse was a member of the Sioux City School Board for seven years and has served on many of its committees, including the strategic planning committee and the district advisory board. She earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary English with a minor in history from Morningside College.
William "Mike" May
William "Mike" May of Spirit Lake was appointed to the State Board in May 2012. He is a retired teacher and owner of Triggs Bay Resort in Arnolds Park. He served as a state representative from 2005-2010 where he was ranking member of the House Education Committee. He received a bachelor's degree from Simpson College and a master's degree from Mankato State College.
Max Phillips of Woodward was appointed in September 2005 to the State Board. Phillips serves as Pastor for Christ Lutheran Church in Bouton, Iowa, and is the Chief Executive Officer of the Perry Lutheran Home. He recently retired as President of Qwest Communications in Iowa and South Dakota. He is also former President of the Woodward-Granger school board. He was elected to three terms as mayor of Bouton, Iowa, from 1981-1986. Phillips served for seven years as co-chair of Iowa's Small Business Advisory Council and has participated in various economic development and educational reform initiatives at the state level, including the Iowa Learns Council. Phillips earned a masters in business administration from The University of Iowa, as well as a master's degree from Concordia Seminary.
LaMetta Wynn of Clinton joined the State Board in 2008. She was a member of the Clinton Community School District school board for 12 years and also served on the Mount St. Clare (now Ashford University) College Board. Wynn served as mayor of Clinton for 12 years before she recently retired. She has a nursing degree from St. Luke's Hospital and is a retired R.N. She currently serves as the chair of the hospital board in Clinton.
Edgar Thornton, Student Member
Edgar Thornton of Iowa City joined the State Board in May 2013. He will be a senior at Iowa City High School where he participates in band and tennis. He is also a member of the National Honor Society. Edgar is involved in many activities outside of school including Boy Scouts of America, Iowa City Youth Advisory Commission, church choir, acolyte, competitive freestyle skiing, and he also participates on a traveling tennis team.