Governor Ivey has appointed retired Alabama State University dean Dr. Tonea Stewart to fill the remainder of the term of the late Ella Bell on the state board of education. The appointment is immediate and Stewart will attend her first SBOE meeting Jan. 9.
Bell’s term ends in January 2021, IF voters turn down the March 3 vote on amendment one. This is the amendment calling for a switch from an elected to an appointed state board. If approved, the terms of all current board members would end and they would be replaced by members appointed by the governor.
Stewart served as the dean and a professor in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at ASU. In addition to her work at the university level, Stewart is a professional actress with appearances in numerous films, television shows and stage productions.