Clinton, MS – April 12, 2016 - Mississippi School Boards Association Past President and President of the Laurel School District Board of Trustees, Miranda Beard, was named President of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) during the Delegate Assembly April 8th at the organization’s 76th annual conference in Boston. She is the first Mississippian to serve the role since 1992.
Beard, former broadcast journalist in Hattiesburg for 29 years, has also served as the NSBA Secretary-Treasurer. Among her many professional and community activities, she is Legislative Liaison for the Laurel School Board; Advisory Board member for the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism; and a former member of the State Board of Directors for Greater Mississippi Girl Scouts.
“It is an honor to represent our state on this level,” said Beard. “I am looking forward to an exciting year celebrating public education across the nation, while expecting greatness from the board room to the classroom, from the state Capitol to the U.S. Capitol. Every child regardless of race, gender, or socio-economic status should have access to a free and adequate education,” Beard continued.
Founded in 1940, NSBA represents state school boards association members (including the
Mississippi School Boards Association) and their more than 90,000 local school board members, most of which are elected. These local officials govern approximately 14,000 local school districts serving the nation's nearly 50 million public school students.
“We are confident that Miranda will represent Mississippi well,” said MSBA Executive Director Michael W. Waldrop. “Her strong passion for public education reflects in her hard work and dedication to the cause.”
Following the NSBA tradition, Beard’s presidency commenced with a reception during the April 2016 Annual Conference in Boston. Sponsors for the reception included: Bailey Education Group, LLC, Sanderson Farms, Humana, Mississippi School Boards Association, Howard Industries, Chartwells K-12, Young Law Group, Sodexo, Inc., JBHM Architecture, Mississippi Power, Gilchrist Sumrall Yoder & Boone, PLLC, GCA Education Services, Laurel Education Foundation, and James A. Keith, Esq.
The Mississippi School Boards Association (MSBA) is a professional, nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure quality school board performance through Advocacy, Leadership Training, Technical Assistance and Information Dissemination. MSBA represents all public school boards of education in the State of Mississippi.