Dannie Greene of Gallipolis was one of four individuals appointed to the board this month by Gov. Ted Strickland. He will serve a four-year term on the 19-member state board, made up of 11 elected members and eight who are appointed.
“I’m tickled to be able to contribute to the process and continue my boardsmanship,” said Greene, who served on the Gallipolis City Board of Education from 1988 until 2008. He was the board’s president for many years.
Greene said he was contacted by the governor’s office last fall about his interest in becoming a state board member. He submitted a resume and learned on Jan. 7 he was one of the members to be appointed this year.
“It’s a great honor and very humbling to be appointed,” he said, adding with a laugh, “Something I did must have been right with 20 years on the local school board.
“The experience was what they were looking for,” Greene added.
He was sworn in by Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer on Jan. 12 and attended his first meeting. Among the elected and at-large board members also sworn in were Michael L. Collins of Westerville, Jeff Hardin of Milford, Martha Harris of Cleveland Heights, Robin C. Hovis of Millersburg, Ann E. Jacobs of Lima, Kristen E. McKinley of Columbus, Mary Rose Oakar of Cleveland, Tammy O’Brien of Akron, Dennis Reardon of Pickerington and Tracey Smith of Van Wert.
“I am excited to have these new members join the State Board of Education,” said Pomeroy attorney Jennifer L. Sheets, who was reelected board president.
“I look forward to working with the new and returning members of the board, as well as Superintendent of Public Instruction Deborah Delisle, education stakeholders, Governor Strickland and the Ohio General Assembly in furthering the board’s vision for transforming Ohio’s education system,” Sheets added.
Greene retired from the U.S. Postal Service on June 1, 2007, after a 39-1/2 year career. He was Patriot postmaster when he retired. He and his wife Carlene are the parents of four children.