Governor Branstad has released the long list of people he is appointing to state boards & commissions, all of whom must be confirmed by the Iowa Senate. Branstad’s appointments to openings on the State Board of Education are of interest given the focus on education reform.
Diane Crookham-Johnson of Oskaloosa was an executive at Musco Lighting for 25 years, but she recently graduated from Drake Law School and now has a law office “on the square” in Oskaloosa. William “Mike” May of Spirit Lake is a former teacher and resort owner who served in the Iowa House for six years. Charles Edwards Jr. of Des Moines is a former Des Moines Register president and publisher who has been reappointed to the Board of Education. He is currently a dual dean at Drake University, overseeing the School of Journalism & Mass Communications and the College of Business & Public Administration.