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Governor Ige Appoints Mizumoto as BOE Chair

July 13, 2015, 2:19 PM HST
* Updated July 13, 2:22 PM
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Lance A. Mizumoto was appointed by Governor David Ige Monday as the new Chair of the Board of Education.

In his role, which is effectively immediately, Mizumoto will succeed Don Horner, who planned to step down from his position during the BOE’s July 21 meeting.

“Lance is committed to creating a better future for Hawai‘i’s students. He believes that focusing on students and empowering principals, teachers, and staff is the best path to success in our public education system. He is committed to school-based decision making. Lance will be a collaborative leader, one not afraid to tackle the tough issues that get in the way of student achievement,” said Governor Ige.

Horner, who held the position for four years, said last Friday that it was a privilege and honor to serve in the position as the first appointed chair. “Over the past four years, we have accomplished many of our objectives and the Department has assembled a highly capable senior management team. As we transition with new members and committee assignments, I believe this is an opportune time to begin an orderly transition of leadership at the board.

“I appreciate the confidence and support of Governor Ige,” Mizumoto said of his new appointment. “I look forward to working with my fellow board members and continuing the efforts to improve public education in Hawai‘i.”

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