Casandra Ulbrich Elected President of the State Board of Education

Contact: Marilyn Schneider, State Board of Education Executive 517-241-7161
Agency: Education

January 9, 2019

LANSING – Casandra E. Ulbrich was elected President of the State Board of Education Tuesday by a unanimous vote of State Board members.

Ulbrich, a Democrat from Rochester Hills, had been co-President for the past two years under a shared-power agreement when the State Board consisted of four Democrat and four Republican members. With the results of the statewide election in November, the State Board now consists of six Democrats and two Republicans.

“I appreciate the unanimous support and confidence of my colleagues on the State Board and am committed to continuing our collaborative work to move Michigan to become a Top 10 education state in 10 years,” Ulbrich said. “We have a lot of important work ahead of us, including the selection of our next State Superintendent this spring.”

Unanimous votes also were cast for the other officers of the State Board of Education. Pamela Pugh, a Democrat from Saginaw was elected Vice President. Michelle Fecteau, a Democrat from Detroit was elected Secretary. Tom McMillin, a Republican from Oakland Township was elected Treasurer. Tiffany Tilley, a Democrat from Southfield, will be the State Board’s representative to the National Association of State Boards of Education. Lupe Ramos-Montigny, a Democrat from Grand Rapids, was selected as the Chair of the State Board’s Legislative Committee.

Tilley and Judy Pritchett, a Democrat from Washington Township, attended their first meeting as State Board members, having been elected in November and sworn into office on January 1.