The Indiana State Board of Education has elected a new vice-chair. Cari Whicker succeeds Sarah O’Brien, who announced last month she was stepping down from the board.
Whicker is a sixth grade language arts and social studies teacher at Riverview Middle School in Huntington. She was appointed to the SBOE in 2012 by then-Governor Mitch Daniels and reappointed by Governor Mike Pence.
"It is an incredible honor to be elected as the new Vice-Chair of the Indiana State Board of Education," said Whicker. "We all serve on this board to do what is right for the children of Indiana. We have made tremendous strides in providing quality education and increased opportunities for Hoosier students over the years. As a teacher, it is vitally important to me that we are able to provide our students with the best opportunities that furthers their excellence in education and allows them to grow.”
O’Brien’s resignation was made official following Wednesday’s board meeting. O’Brien stepped down in order to care for her daughter, who is dealing with a variety of medical issues.