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Mark Huntsman elected chairman of State School Board

Mark Huntsman, a central Utah business executive and rancher, was chosen Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, as the new chairman of the Utah State Board of Education.
Mark Huntsman, a central Utah business executive and rancher, was chosen Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, as the new chairman of the Utah State Board of Education.
Utah State Board of Education

SALT LAKE CITY — Mark Huntsman, a central Utah business executive and rancher, was elected Friday as the new chairman of the Utah State Board of Education.

Huntsman, of Fillmore, will serve a one-year term that begins in January. He was initially elected to membership on the board in 2014 and led the search efforts for a Utah State Board of Education superintendent earlier this year. Huntsman replaces outgoing chairman David Crandall.

Huntsman co-manages a ranch in central Utah and is also the senior vice president of Sunrise Engineering firm, which has locations throughout the United States. His previous experience in education includes eight years serving on the Millard District School Board.

"I am grateful for the support of my fellow board members and look forward to working with a unified board ready to take on the challenges of the coming year," Huntsman said in a statement. "I am very proud of the achievements of Utah teachers and students and will work with them and our other governing partners in the governor's office, Legislature, districts and schools, to lay the groundwork to make our schools even better."

Also Friday, Terryl Warner, Brittney Cummins and Alisa Ellis were elected as vice chairwomen of the Utah State Board of Education.

Warner, of Hyrum, joined the board in 2014. She is a victim advocate in the Cache County Attorney's Office. Cummins, from West Valley City, was also elected to the board in 2014. A high school science teacher by trade, she serves on a governing board for Endeavor Hall Charter School.

Ellis, of Heber City, is the newest member of the 15-member board to be elected as a vice president. She was elected to the board last month. She is a member of the Utah Standards Review Committee, which scrutinizes Utah Core standards, overseeing science.

The 15-person board, including its eight freshly elected members, voted on its new leaders, Wheeler said.