For Immediate Release


Dr. Tracy Weeks
Executive Director, SETDA
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SETDA Announces 2016-2017 Board Members and Officers

July 18, 2016 (Washington, D.C.) – The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the principal association representing U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders, today announced its Board of Directors and Officers for 2016-17:

  • Candice Dodson, Indiana Department of Education (Chair)
  • Todd Lawrence, Idaho State Department of Education (Chair-elect)
  • Shannon Parks, Alabama Department of Education Consultant (Secretary)
  • Julia Fallon, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington (Treasurer)
  • Laurence Cocco, New Jersey Department of Education
  • Peter Drescher, Vermont Agency of Education
  • Eric Hileman (Emeritus), Oklahoma City Public Schools
  • Janice Mertes, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Carla Wade, Oregon Department of Education

Candice Dodson moves from her role as Chair-Elect to Chair for the 2016-17 year. Replacing her as Chair-Elect, in his second year on the SETDA Board is Todd Lawrence. Shannon Parks will serve as Secretary and Julia Fallon was re-elected and will serve as Treasurer. Newly elected at-large member is Janice Mertes and newly elected Emeritus member is Eric Hileman. Out-going Chair, Carla Wade along with Laurence Cocco and Peter Drescher will continue as at-large board members.

“I am honored and excited to assume the Board Chair position for the next year,” stated new SETDA Board Chair, Candice Dodson. “Through the power of our Executive and Deputy Directors, staff, board, and membership, SETDA is actively leading the change for what teaching and learning can be for learners in the digital age.”

Executive Director, Tracy Weeks, noted, “SETDA is fortunate to have a balance of experience and new leadership on the Board of Directors. This will prove advantageous to the SETDA membership, staff, and partners as we collectively work to support states in the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a new Strategic Plan for 2016-19, and an upcoming refresh of broadband recommendations for schools along with many other exciting initiatives to leverage digital learning to promote equity and excellence for all students.”

The SETDA Board was elected at its annual Emerging Technologies Forum & Annual Business Meeting June 25-27 in Denver, Colorado. In addition to its business meeting, SETDA provided the opportunity for state members to engage with private sector partners and sessions with both the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Communications Commission.

Founded in 2001, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal non-profit membership association representing U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders. Our mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. For more information, please visit: SETDA Board Page 

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