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‘Intelligent Design’ Supporter to Be NASBE’s President-Elect

By Katie Ash — July 17, 2007 1 min read

Kenneth Willard, a member of the Kansas state school board, has been chosen as president-elect of the National Association of State Boards of Education despite concerns from some in the science education community.

Mr. Willard, who was unopposed, voted with a conservative majority on the Kansas board to include “intelligent design” along with the theory of evolution in the state’s science standards in 2005.

Brenda L. Welburn, the executive director of NASBE, said Mr. Willard “has never tried to insinuate political positions on the organization.” He takes office as president-elect in January.

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A version of this article appeared in the July 18, 2007 edition of Education Week