Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia

2012-2017 Advisory Board Members

The ARCC Advisory Board plays an important role in guiding our work. It is charged with advising the ARCC about its strategies for monitoring and addressing the region's education needs, maintaining a high standard of quality, and conducting its activities so as to promote student achievement. Board members are education stakeholders nominated by their state education superintendent or commissioner. Governors approve nominees for the state before their final approval by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Kentucky

Chief State school officer, or such officer's designee

Dr. Stephen Pruitt - Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education

Representative of local or regional educational agency, including local educational agency serving urban and rural areas

Robert King - President, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE)

Representative of institutions of higher education

Jeff Hawkins - Executive Director, Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative

Representative of business

Stu Silberman - Executive Director, The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence

Policymaker, expert practitioner, or researcher with knowledge of, and experience using, the results of research, evaluation, and statistics

Dr. Kate Shirley Akers - Deputy Executive Director, Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

Tennessee

Chief State school officer, or such officer's designee

Dr. Candice McQueen, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Education

Representative of local or regional educational agency, including local educational agency serving urban and rural areas

Awaiting appointment by the Governor

Practicing educator, including classroom teacher, principal, or administrator

Dr. Jason Bell - Supervisor of Secondary Curriculum and Assessment, Polk County Schools; Executive Board Member, Tennessee Rural Education Association

Representative of business

Awaiting appointment by the Governor

Policymaker, expert practitioner, or researcher with knowledge of, and experience using, the results of research, evaluation, and statistics

Amy Owen - Director of Academic Strategy, Tennessee Department of Education

Virginia

Chief State school officer, or such officer's designee

Dr. Steven R. Staples - Superintendent of Public Instruction, Virginia Department of Education

Representative of institutions of higher education

Dr. Lucia Sebastian - College of William and Mary, School of Education

Parent

Anne Carson - Virginia PTA

Practicing educator, including classroom teacher, principal, or administrator

Awaiting appointment by the Governor

Representative of business

Katie Fessler - Senior Manager, Corporate Contributions, Altria Group

West Virginia

Chief State school officer, or such officer's designee

Dr. Michael J. Martirano, State Superintendent of Schools, West Virginia Department of Education

Parent

Justin Raber - Immediate Past President, West Virginia PTA

Practicing educator, including classroom teacher, principal, or administrator

Michael Funkhouser - West Virginia Teacher of the Year, English Teacher at East Hardy High School

Representative of business

Gary Clay - Armstrong World Industry

Policymaker, expert practitioner, or researcher with knowledge of, and experience using, the results of research, evaluation, and statistics

Patricia Hammer - Coordinator, Office of Research - West Virginia Department of Education

Chief State school officer, or such officer's designee

Kentucky

Dr. Stephen Pruitt - Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education

Tennessee

Dr. Candice McQueen, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Education

Virginia

Dr. Steven R. Staples - Superintendent of Public Instruction, Virginia Department of Education

West Virginia

Dr. Michael J. Martirano, State Superintendent of Schools, West Virginia Department of Education

Representative of local or regional educational agency, including local educational agency serving urban and rural areas

Kentucky

Robert King - President, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE)

Tennessee

Awaiting appointment by the Governor

Representative of institutions of higher education

Kentucky

Jeff Hawkins - Executive Director, Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative

Virginia

Dr. Lucia Sebastian - College of William and Mary, School of Education

Parent

Virginia

Anne Carson - Virginia PTA

West Virginia

Justin Raber - Immediate Past President, West Virginia PTA

Practicing educator, including classroom teacher, principal, or administrator

Tennessee

Dr. Jason Bell - Supervisor of Secondary Curriculum and Assessment, Polk County Schools; Executive Board Member, Tennessee Rural Education Association

Virginia

Awaiting appointment by the Governor

West Virginia

Michael Funkhouser - West Virginia Teacher of the Year, English Teacher at East Hardy High School

Representative of business

Kentucky

Stu Silberman - Executive Director, The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence

Tennessee

Awaiting appointment by the Governor

Virginia

Katie Fessler - Senior Manager, Corporate Contributions, Altria Group

West Virginia

Gary Clay - Armstrong World Industry

Policymaker, expert practitioner, or researcher with knowledge of, and experience using, the results of research, evaluation, and statistics

Kentucky

Dr. Kate Shirley Akers - Deputy Executive Director, Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

Tennessee

Amy Owen - Director of Academic Strategy, Tennessee Department of Education

West Virginia

Patricia Hammer - Coordinator, Office of Research - West Virginia Department of Education