JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell reappointed Esther Cox and appointed Jim Merriner to the State Board of Education and Early Development. Their five-year terms began Monday. Both hold at-large seats.
Merriner, of Anchorage, is the Anchorage site administrator for the IDEA correspondence school program of the Galena City School District.
He has previously worked as a self-employed consultant, served as chief of staff for Parnell when he was lieutenant governor, and served as site administrator for the Chief Paul Memorial School in Kipnuk and principal and assistant principal of Grace Christian School in Anchorage. Merriner also taught at Pacific Northern Academy in Anchorage. For the past 25 summers, he has commercial fished in Bristol Bay.
Merriner graduated from Dillingham High School. He holds a bachelor's degree in modern European history from Harvard and a master of philosophy degree in educational leadership and school improvement from Cambridge University.
Cox is chair of the State Board, where she has served since February 2003. Cox, of Anchorage, has served as an educational consultant, principal of King Career Center in Anchorage, a secondary supervisor in the Anchorage School District, principal of Romig Junior High School, assistant principal of West Anchorage High School, and assistant principal of Service-Hanshew Jr./Sr. High School. Cox has taught in Anchorage and Juneau.
She holds a bachelor's degree in education from Eastern Washington State College and a master's degree in education and counseling from the University of Alaska.
Merriner replaces Dr. Shirley Holloway of Anchorage, who served on the board since March 2003.