Governor Parson has announced his appointments Tuesday to the State Board of Education. Parson appointed Carol Hallquist of Kansas City and Peter Herschend of Branson to the State Board of Education.
“We owe it to our students to provide the best, high quality public education in Missouri,” said Governor Parson. “It was important to act quickly to restore and provide functionality to the State Board of Education. We expect the Board will begin conducting a diligent national search, to find a capable, qualified candidate to serve as Missouri’s Commissioner of Education.”
Hallquist is the founder of PrincipalsConnect, a nonprofit organization that matches retired business professionals with urban school principals. She currently serves as the director of SchoolSmart Kansas City, and as regional board chair of Teach for America, as a trustee on the William Jewell College Board of Trustees, and as a board member of Turn the Page KC.
Hallquist’s community involvement focuses on education, diversity, and women’s leadership. She currently serves as the director of SchoolSmart Kansas City, as regional board chair of Teach for America, as a trustee on the William Jewell College Board of Trustees, and as a board member of Turn the Page KC.
Herschend is a co-founder and co-owner of Herschend Family Entertainment, formerly known as Silver Dollar City, Inc. Herschend served three terms on the State Board of Education, including four two-year terms as president. In 2011 he was named Education Supporter of the Year award by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.
Herschend holds a degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an honorary doctorate in business administration from Southwest Baptist University.
State Board of Education President Charlie Shields says “Governor Parson’s decision to appoint Carol and Peter will help restore and maintain stability. As a board, we are ready to work together to give Missouri students what they deserve – the best public education.”