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State Board of Education Announces New Leadership for 2012 MEDIA CONTACT: Justin Pauly, GaDOE Communications Office, (404) 657-0517, email: firstname.lastname@example.org-Follow us on Twitter and Facebook January 25, 2012 -- State School Superintendent Dr. John D. Barge today announced the new State Board of Education leadership team. The bylaws require the State Board to vote during the last meeting of the year to elect new leadership. These changes became effective January 1, 2012. "We are excited about the this new leadership team and look forward to working with them as we continue making education work for all Georgians," stated Dr. Barge. Leadership Team: -Chair, Barbara Hampton, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Georgia Transmission, click here to view a biography -Vice Chair, Helen Rice, Former Educator, click here to view a biography -Vice Chair of Appeals, Dr. Mary Sue Murray, click here to view a biography "On behalf of the leadership team for the State Board, we are honored to be selected for these important roles," said Barbara Hampton. "We look forward to moving into 2012 with a renewed enthusiasm to meet the needs of Georgia's students." Georgia State Board of Education The Georgia Board of Education with the State School Superintendent, will provide the statewide leadership necessary to ensure the opportunity for each public school student to be successful. The State Board will work to create an environment in which local schools and systems are empowered to develop policies and programs that meet the educational needs of their students, that support teachers, and that involve parents and communities in the education process.