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For Immediate Release: Nov. 17, 2005
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Duncan, Porch to assume leadership roles on Board of Education

Kelly Duncan, Dakota Dunes, was elected president of the South Dakota Board of Education at its Nov. 14-15 meeting. Roger Porch, Philip, was elected vice president. Each will serve a one-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2006.

Duncan replaces Glenna Fouberg, Aberdeen, as president of the board. “As a former educator, Glenna brought 37 years of experience to the table. As president of the board, she guided the group through a number of challenging issues – always maintaining a positive attitude and wonderful sense of humor,” said Dr. Rick Melmer, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Education.

Duncan, who had been serving as vice president, was appointed to the Board of Education in November 1996. An alumnus of the University of South Dakota, Duncan received a bachelor’s degree in business education in 1983, a master’s degree in counseling in 1988, and a doctorate in counselor education in 2003. Her K-12 teaching includes working as a secondary business instructor and a K-12 school counselor. Since 1993, she has been employed as the executive director of the South Dakota Counseling Association. She also is an assistant professor at Northern State University in the Department of Psychology, Guidance and Counseling.

Roger Porch, Philip, was appointed to the Board of Education in March 2003. He served six years (1985-1990) in the South Dakota House of Representatives and six years (1991-1996) in the South Dakota Senate. While serving in the House, Porch was the vice chairman of the Education Committee. During his time in the Senate, he was chairman of the Education Committee, a member of the Legislature’s Executive Board, and a Senate Majority Whip. Until 1995, Porch ranched and farmed in the Wanblee area. Presently, he is an agricultural loan officer and vice president of First National Bank in Philip. Porch is a graduate of the University of South Dakota.