Gov. Larry Hogan has announced his three choices to fill out Harford County's nine-member Board of Education.
Laura Runyeon, of Kingsville; Alfred Williamson, of White Hall; and Joseph Hau, of Jarrettsville, will fill three seats on the school board, and their terms will begin July 1, Shareese Churchill, Hogan's press secretary, confirmed Monday. The terms for the unpaid positions are four years.
The remaining six seats on the board are filled by members who were elected in 2014. The full hybrid board will be seated at the July 20 board meeting, an HCPS spokesperson said.
The current board is holding its final meeting Monday night.
Biographical information on the three appointees was released by the governor's office:
Laura S. Runyeon–A new appointment, Runyeon is a paralegal for Miles & Stockbridge, P.C. and previously served as a substitute teacher for Harford County Public Schools. She is a founding member of build It Now Community Advocacy Organization, an advocacy trainer for the Harford County Council of PTAs, president of the Youth's Benefit Elementary School PTA and a Girl Scout troop leader. Earlier this year she was awarded the National PTA Local Outstanding Advocacy Award. Runyeon received a B.S. in business, cum laude, from Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Alfred L. Williamson – Also a new appointment, Williamson retired as a senior level manager in charge of program policy for the Supplemental Security Income Program for the Social Security Administration. He also served as president and general manager of the Sandalwood Co-op, Inc., president of the Penthouse Condominium Association, principal and manager of Providence Properties, LLC and as a real estate broker for R&W Realty. Williamson received a B.S. from Bluffton University and attended training programs at the University of Southern California and Harvard Business College.
Joseph Arthur Hau – A reappointment, Hau is vice president and chief financial officer of Chesapeake Environmental Management, Inc. He has served on the School Board since 2011 and is chairman of the Human Resources Committee. He is co-creator of the "Million Dollar Body Challenge" for K-5 students and co-author of "I Can Live to 100 - Secrets Just for Kids." Hau received a B.A. in geology from the University of Northern Iowa and an M.A. in geology from Kent State University. He is also a Harford Leadership Academy Graduate.
With the announcement of Hogan's appointments, the nine member Harford School Board will undergo a significant reshuffling before it meets on July 20, when new members will be sworn in.
In addition to Runyeon and Williamson joining the board, three other members who were elected for the first time last November will be taking office: Joseph Voskuhl, Jansen Robinson and Rachel Gauthier.
Along with Hau being reappointed by the governor, also remaining on the board in elected seats they won in November will be Thomas Fitzpatrick, Nancy Reynolds – the current board president and Robert Frisch.
Leaving the board after their final meeting Monday are James Thornton, Alysson Krchnavy, Cassandra Beverley, Arthur Kaff and Francis "Rick" Grambo, the current board vice president.
Thornton, Krchnavy and Kaff have held what were previously appointed seats. Krchnavy and Kaff ran for elected seats in the November election but were defeated by Voskuhl and Gauthier, respectively. Thornton, meanwhile, made an unsuccessful run for the Harford County Council presidency.
Grambo and Beverley were both elected to the board in 2010. Neither sought re-election last year. Beverley instead made an unsuccessful bid for the House of Delegates.
Also leaving the board is its student member Hannah Jones, who graduated from Patterson Mill High School earlier this month. She will be succeeded by Genae Hatcher, who will be a senior at Patterson Mill High School in the 2015-16 school year.