• State Board of Education Members and Activities

    State Board of Education members hold a number of committee assignments. Biographies on each Board member can be found on the State Board of Education’s eBoard page.

    Student Member Position Open

    The Governor annually appoints one non-voting member who, at the time of the appointment, is or will be in the next school year an 11thor 12thgrade student at a public school in the state. Additional information can be found in the 2020 Student Board Member Application packet

    On March 12, 2020, Governor Carney issued a declaration of a state of emergency for the state of Delaware due to a public health threat. As a result, the Student Board member application process will be postponed until further notice and until school resumes.

    Questions about the State Board of Education may be directed to Jenna Ahner at jenna.ahner@sbe.k12.de.us.


    Whitney Sweeney, President

    Picture of Whitney Sweeney

    Serves at the pleasure of the Governor

    whitney.sweeney@sbe.k12.de.us

    P-20 Council, co-chair

    University of Delaware Board of Trustees, member (ex-officio)


    Dr. Audrey Noble, Vice President

    Picture of Audrey Noble

    Term expires 2021

    audrey.noble@sbe.k12.de.us

    DPAS II Advisory Committee, member

    Charter School Accountability Committee, member (non-voting)

    NGA Early Learning Grant Team, member

    Campaign for Grade Level Reading, Board representative


    Nina Lou Bunting

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    Term expires 2021

    ninalou.bunting@sbe.k12.de.us

    Teacher of the Year Selection Committee, member

    Teachers’ Advisory Committee, member


    Candice Fifer

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    Term expires 2024

    candice.fifer@sbe.k12.de.us

    ESSA Advisory Committee, member

    Drug and Substance Abuse Advisory Group, co-chair


    Vincent Lofink

    Picture of Vincent Lofink

    Term expires 2023

    vincent.lofink@sbe.k12.de.us

    CTE Committee, member (State Board Committee)

    DSBA Board of Directors, member

    DSBA Legislative Committee, member

    SBE Student Representative Selection Process (State Board Committee, September 2018-November 2018)


    Wali W. Rushdan II

    Picture of Wali Rushdan

    Term expires 2024

    wali.rushdan@sbe.k12.de.us

    Equalization Committee, member


    Rev. Provey Powell, Jr.

    Picture of Provey Powell

    Term expires 2025

    provey.powell@sbe.k12.de.us


    Dorcas Olatunji

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    Term expires 2020

    dorcas.olatunji@sbe.k12.de.us

    2019 Student Representative

    Non-voting member


    Susan Bunting

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    Secretary of Education and Executive Secretary for the State Board of Education

    susan.bunting@doe.k12.de.us


    Jenna Ahner

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    Executive Director

    jenna.ahner@sbe.k12.de.us

    Drug and Substance Abuse Curriculum Task Force, member (September 2018-December 2018)


    The State Board of Education consists of nine members. Seven voting members who are appointed by the Governor, approved by the Senate. Two non-voting members appointed by the Governor.

    Members have residence in each of Delaware’s counties and the city of Wilmington, belong to different political parties, and bring a diverse set of skills and perspectives to the work. At least two members have previously served on a local board of education.

    Questions about the State Board of Education may be directed to Jenna Ahner by email or by calling 302-735-4010.

Last Modified on March 19, 2020