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.
Charles C. Edwards, Jr., President
Charlie Edwards joined the State Board in 2000. He was the former dean of two colleges at Drake University: School of Journalism and Mass Communication and College of Business and Public Administration. He was the former publisher and president of the Des Moines Register. Edwards is a member of numerous boards, including the Gardner and Florence Call Cowles Foundation and the Iowa College Foundation. Charlie is from Des Moines. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Colorado.
Michael Knedler, Vice President
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 been involved in many other boards and community activities. Knedler received his Ph.D. in higher education from Iowa State University.
Brooke Axiotis of Des Moines joined the State Board in 2014. She is a Civil Rights Specialist with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. She is a member of the Iowa Bar. Her community activities involve the Salisbury House Young Professional Board, Junior League of Des Moines, Friends of Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, and Links, Inc. She earned her law degree from Drake University.
Michael Bearden of Gladbrook joined the State Board in 2014. He is a professional engineer and is the executive vice president of Clapsaddle-Garber Associates, Inc. He served on his local school board for many years where he was president for eight terms and vice-president for two terms. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University.
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.
Angela English of Dyersville was appointed to the State Board in 2014. She served on her local catholic school board for seven years and has volunteered at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School for eight years. She earned a degree in business finance from Loras College.
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.
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.
Mary Ellen Miller
Mary Ellen Miller of Mason City and Corydon was named to the State Board in 2014. She has served on the boards of North Iowa Area Community College, Hospice of North Iowa, League of Women Voters of Iowa, Iowa Federation of Republican Women and 1000 Friends of Iowa and has been involved in numerous civic organizations and activities. She currently serves as Executive Director of 50-50 in 2020. She earned a degree in business administration from Buena Vista University.
Hannah Rens, Student Member
Hannah Rens of Sioux City joined the State Board in May 2014. She will be a junior at East High School in Sioux City where she participates in student council, quiz bowl, speech, debate, and golf. Hannah is involved in many activities outside of school including the Mayor’s Youth Commission, Sweethearts and Heart Throbs, Space Settlement Design Competition, First Tee of Woodbury County, Heart Walk, and the Special Olympics State Bowling Tournament.