Rose M. Li, a Republican who lives in Bethesda, became an acting member of the 12-member board Nov. 1, a spokeswoman for the governor’s office confirmed Thursday. The permanent appointment must be approved by the state Senate during the 2017 legislative session.
The board has grappled with how to deal with the Hogan’s executive order on the school calendar. Gates, who resigned last week, said the order impinged on the authority of the state board, which is supposed to be independent.
“Over the course of her long and diverse career, Ms. Li has proven that she has the right combination of experience, knowledge, and dedication to guide and improve education policy in our state. The governor is very confident that she will be a strong and loyal advocate for the students of Maryland,” Shareese N. Churchill, Hogan’s spokeswoman, said in a statement.
News of Li’s appointment first became public Thursday after she updated her resume on LinkedIn and her biography on her company website.
In August, Governor Larry Hogan signed an executive order mandating that all public schools start classes after Labor Day and end classes by June 15. Earlier last month, Hogan amended the order, narrowing the conditions under which most school districts could get a waiver that would exempt them from his mandate.