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Mark Huntsman elected to 4th term as Utah State Board of Education chairman

Mark Huntsman has been elected to a fourth term as chairman of the Utah State Board of Education.
Utah State Board of Education

SALT LAKE CITY — Mark Huntsman has been elected to a fourth term as chairman of the 15-member Utah State Board of Education.

In board elections conducted Tuesday, Huntsman was elected to another two-year term while board members Laura Belnap and Cindy Davis were elected to vice chair positions, with terms beginning in 2021.

Board members select leadership every two years and have the option of creating up to three vice chair seats.

Huntsman, who resides in Fillmore, is president of Sunrise Engineering Inc., an engineering firm that operates in multiple states. He previously served eight years on the Millard Board of Education. Huntsman represents District 14, which includes much of central and southeast Utah. He also co-operates a ranch near his home.

Belnap, of Bountiful, was elected as first vice chairwoman. She is director of Utah Online Schools and is a former member of the Utah State Board of Regents and serves on the board of trustees of the Utah High School Activities Association. She represents District 5, which includes part of Davis and Salt Lake counties.

Davis was elected second vice chairwoman. She is an adjunct professor of education at Utah Valley University where she supervises student teachers and interns. She is also a member of the Kennedy Center International Area Studies Advisory Board at Brigham Young University. Davis, of American Fork, represents District 9, which encompasses part of Utah County.

Members of the State School Board are elected to four-year terms by Utah voters. This was the first year candidates could run as partisan candidates although neither Huntsman, Belnap nor Davis were up for reelection this year.