Jim McNiece, a former longtime principal from Wichita, is the new chairman of the Kansas State Board of Education.
During its organizational meeting Tuesday in Topeka, the state board voted 8-2 to select McNiece as the new chairman.
McNiece, who was elected to the board in 2012, represents District 10, which includes portions of 14 counties, including Sedgwick County.
He spent four years as principal at Bishop Carroll High School before moving to the Wichita district in 1990 as the founding principal of Northeast Magnet High School. After more than 15 years there, he became principal at Northwest High before retiring in 2009.
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Carolyn Wims-Campbell of Topeka was selected as vice chair. Ken Willard of Hutchinson was appointed as legislative liaison.