The Chemeketa Board of Education appointed Betsy Earls to represent West Salem and Polk County at its meeting Wednesday. Earls fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Richard Riggs in January.
Earls, who holds a law degree from Willamette University, serves as Vice President for Associated Oregon Industries where she focuses on legislative issues related to education.
Earls said she sought the appointment because, “Employers have a keen interest in community colleges and workforce development.”
Earls will serve until May of 2013 when the position will go before voters for election.
“We are delighted to welcome Betsy to our board,” said Ron Pittman, Chemeketa Board of Education chairperson. “Her experience and knowledge of legislative and educational policy will make a great contribution.”
The Chemeketa Board of Education is comprised of seven elected members who represent zones within the Chemeketa district which covers the counties of Marion, Polk and Yamhill as well as a portion of Linn. They meet monthly to provide oversight and guide policy and funding at Chemeketa.