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“I look forward to working with the diverse group of accomplished professionals who make up WestEd’s board to continue that mission.”

WestEd has elected longtime educator Beverly Hurley, who has 40 years of experience, as its newest board chairwoman.

WestEd’s board of directors is made up of accomplished leaders from public and private education, business and human services communities. Board members take an active role in agency leadership and strategic planning.

Hurley is taking the reins from Marsha Hirano-Nakanishi, who served as chairwoman for 2018-19.

“As a lifelong educator, WestEd’s mission to make a positive difference in the education and development of all learners resonates deeply with me,” Hurley said. “I look forward to working with the diverse group of accomplished professionals who make up WestEd’s board to continue that mission.”

Most recently the director of academic alliances for Grand Canyon University, and prior to that a Buckeye Union High School District superintendent, Hurley brings with her 40 years of expertise in education.

During her many years in education, she has also worked as a teacher, counselor, student-teacher and peer-counseling coordinator, athletic director, assistant principal and principal in the Flagstaff Unified School District.

“With her extensive experience and impact in public education, Beverly Hurley has been an integral presence on our board over the last 15 years,” said Glen Harvey, WestEd CEO. “I’m delighted that her colleagues have elected her to serve as our new board chair.”

Hurley’s previous honors include being named the Arizona School Administrators Distinguished Administrator for the superintendent’s division. She was also honored as the Arizona State Superintendent of the Year; received the AASA Women in School Leadership Award; and was named the Arizona High School Principal of the Year, the NASSP/MetLife National High School Principal of the Year and one of 24 West Valley leaders who mentor and make a difference in the lives of others through vision, teamwork and innovations.

Hurley earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Northern Arizona University and was also awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Northern Arizona University.