Carson City, NV - January 12, 2016
Governor Brian Sandoval today announced the appointment of former-Assemblyman Pat Hickey to the District Two seat on the Nevada State Board of Education for a term ending January 1, 2017, effective immediately. Hickey resigned his seat in the Assembly earlier today and will fill the seat vacated by the unfortunate passing of Board Member Dave Cook. Governor Sandoval also announced the appointment of Allison Stephens and Teri Jamin as non-voting members of the Board as the Board of Regents representative and Nevada Associated School Boards representative, respectively, for terms ending January 1, 2018. Stephens will replace Regent Kevin Melcher.
“Pat Hickey has served as a dedicated public official who has always strived to improve Nevada’s education system. He was one of the earliest champions of charter schools and academic standards, and has always sought a meaningful balance between investing in and reforming our education system,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “It has been an honor to work alongside Pat during his time in the legislature and I believe he will serve as an advocate for Nevada’s students and educators on the State Board of Education.”
Pat Hickey is a native Nevadan who grew up at Lake Tahoe and served in the Nevada Legislature for four terms, which included time as the Assembly Minority Leader. He has been a consistent voice for the expansion for public school reforms like charter and magnet schools, and greater choice for Nevada families, including homeschooling. In 2013, then-Assembly Minority Leader Hickey was appointed to the 2013-2014 Interim Task Force on K-12 Public Education Funding that helped make recommendations to improve the "Nevada Plan" funding formula that had not been revised in 47 years. During the 2015 Legislative Session, Hickey served as Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on K-12/Higher Ed Funding--which approved unprecedented changes to categorical and targeted spending in Nevada's schools where it was most needed. Hickey has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno and is active member of the Northern Nevada community.
"I am honored to have been selected by Governor Sandoval to serve out the term of State Board member Dave Cook. Dave was a college instructor of my wife’s, and I look forward to carrying on his devotion to education as the Northern Nevada representative on the State Board of Education," said Pat Hickey.
Sandoval also praised the contributions of regents and school trustees at the State Board level. “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Allison Stephens and the reappointment of Teri Jamin to this important board. They will carry the voice of the elected bodies they respectively represent which will help unify Nevada’s expansive system of education,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “Providing Nevada’s students with the best opportunities available should begin with early childhood education and continue through graduation and into post-secondary education and workforce training. Allison and Teri will help ensure that process is cohesive and coordinating in a meaningful way.”
Governor Sandoval concluded this announcement with a reminder that Nevada State Board of Education District Three seat in Clark County is open following the resignation of Allison Serafin. The Governor is requesting that all interested parties apply by January 29, 2016. Interested applicants can access the online application for all Boards and Commissions at http://gov.nv.gov/Boards/Boards(1)/.
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