Aponte elected to lead State Board of Education

Arcelio Aponte has been elected as president of the New Jersey State Board of Education by his fellow board members when the policymaking body reorganized today. Board member Andrew Mulvihill was elected as vice president. Aponte replaces outgoing board member, Mark Biedron, while Mulvihill replaced another outgoing board member, Joseph Fisicaro.

This is Aponte’s second time leading the board, having served as its president from 2010 to 2014. He had also served as the board’s vice president from 2006 to 2010. Aponte, who is senior vice chancellor and chief financial officer at Rutgers University–Newark, was first appointed to the board in 2005 by Gov. Richard Codey.

Mulvihill, the CEO of Crystal Springs and Mountain Creek Real Estate Division, was first appointed to the board by Gov. Chris Christie in 2011.

Board officers serve from July 1 to June 30, requiring an election of a president and vice present annually.

The board also welcomed three new board members. Mercer County Superior Court Judge R. Brian McLaughlin swore new members Kathleen Goldenberg of Burlington County, Mary Beth Berry of Hunterdon County, Sylvia Sylvia of Monmouth County. Sworn in after reappointment were Jack Fornaro and Aponte. Additional board members will be sworn in at the August meeting.

Board members are appointed for five-year terms and continue in those positions until a governor chooses to replace them. Appointments must be confirmed by the state Senate.

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