Snyder names West Michigan leaders to 21st Century Education Commission


Teresa Weatherall Neal. Photo by Michael Buck

Governor Rick Snyder appointed today several West Michigan leaders to the state’s 21st Century Education Commission.

Snyder announced the appointments to the 25-member commission, which will make recommendations to position Michigan’s education system as one of the best in the country at talent development.

The committee consists of 16 gubernatorial appointees, four legislative appointees, the State Board of Education president or designee and four state department directors or their representatives.

West Michigan appointees

Thomas Haas has served as president of Grand Valley State university since 2006 and is also a professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He has degrees from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, University of Michigan, Rensselaer Institute of Technology and University of Connecticut. Haas will serve as the committee chair.

Teresa Weatherall Neal took over as superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools in 2012, after serving in the district for more than 35 years as assistant superintendent and director of student activities and compliance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from GVSU and a master’s certificate in education leadership from Western Michigan University.

Kevin Stotts, Talent2025 president, was previously vice president of Community Programs for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and executive director of Hello West Michigan. He has an associate’s degree from Northwestern Michigan College and a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Michigan State University’s James Madison College.

Dave Campbell, Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency superintendent, has previously been superintendent of the Livingston ESA and Olivet Community Schools and served as president of the Michigan Association of School Administrators.

Randy Davis has been superintendent of Marshall Public Schools since 2009, having previously served as superintendent of Athens Area Schools. He was also a candidate for state superintendent in 2015.

Alloyd Blackmon, a Whirlpool executive, has been working with Michigan’s Great Southwest Strategic Leadership Council and was instrumental in working with the schools and Benton Harbor Promise.

Scott Hughes, majority counsel for the Michigan Senate, previously practiced law at Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones, where he covered a diverse range of law. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof.

Gubernatorial appointees

Alloyd Blackmon, Stevensville

Dave Campbell, Kalamazoo

JoAnn Chavez, Ann Arbor

Roger Curtis, Onsted

Randy Davis, Marshall

Thomas Haas, Allendale

Conway Jeffress, Novi

Brandy Johnson, East Lansing

Ann Kalass, Northville

Doug Luciani, Traverse City

Matt Oney, Gladstone

Doug Ross, West Bloomfield

Cindy Schumacher, Mt. Pleasant

Kevin Stotts, Grand Rapids

Teresa Weatherall Neal, Grand Rapids

Eileen Weiser, Ann Arbor

Legislative appointees

(as picked by House Minority Leader Tim Greimel, Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter)

Steven Cook, Lansing

Nate Walker, Detroit

Scott Hughes, Byron Center

Peter Ruddell, East Lansing

State departmental representatives

John Austin, president, state Board of Education

Brian Whiston, state superintendent

Nick Khouri, state treasurer

David Behen, director, Department of Technology, Management and Budget

Stephanie Comai, director, Talent Investment Agency

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