The State Board of Education consists of eight voting board members. Seven of the eight voting members are appointed by the governor for terms of five years. The eighth voting member, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, is an ex-officio voting member elected to a term of four years.
Dr. Linda L. Clark was appointed to the Idaho State Board of Education in 2015. She is a career educator who completed 43 years as an Idaho educator, and retired after more than 11 years as the Superintendent of Schools in West Ada School District, the largest and most rapidly growing district in Idaho. Prior to becoming superintendent, Dr. Clark was Director of Student Achievement for the West Ada School District, first principal of Joplin Elementary in the West Ada District, and a teacher and intern principal in the Boise Public School District.
Dr. Clark has been widely recognized for her innovative leadership and was the first recipient of the Concordia University Leadership in Action Award (2013), recipient of the 2014 Education Excellence in Leadership Award from the Education Research and Development Institute (ERDI), and recognized by EdWeek as one of 16 national Leaders to Learn From (2015). She has also received several awards for her work in expanding career-technical education and digital instruction.
Dr. Clark has a B.A. from Boise State University, an M.Ed. from the University of Idaho, and an Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Clark currently serves as a board member for several organizations, including Capital Educators Federal Credit Union and the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. She served on the K-12 Education Task Force; as co-chair of the Higher Education Task Force; and is currently serving on the Governor’s Workforce Council.
Debbie Critchfield was appointed to the Idaho State Board of Education in July of 2014. Ms. Critchfield is a member of the Cassia County Republican Central Committee and an active community education leader. She previously was a member and chairman of the Cassia County School Board, Region 4 chairman of the Idaho School Boards Association, a member of the State Technology Task Force, a member of the State Dual Credit Task Force, president of the Oakley Valley Arts Council and president of the local elementary and high school parent-teacher organizations. Ms. Critchfield holds a B.A. in political science from Brigham Young University. She and her husband David have two grown children and two still attending public schools in Cassia County.
Bill Gilbert was appointed by Governor Brad Little to the State Board of Education in July 2021. Gilbert served as co-chair of Governor Little’s “Our Kids, Idaho’s Future” Task Force in 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Idaho and is a graduate of Borah High School.
Gilbert also serves on the board of Idaho Business for Education, as immediate past chairman of St. Luke’s Heath Foundation, and on St. Luke’s Heath System Finance and Investment Committee.
Gilbert is a former chairman and emeritus director of the University of Idaho Foundation.
A native Idahoan, Gilbert is a co-founder of Caprock, a multi-family office investment advisor, overseeing more than $7 billion in client assets.
Dr. David Hill was appointed to the Idaho State Board of Education in July 2014. Dr. Hill is chairman of the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) Council, a member of the Higher Education Research Council (HERC) and the EPSCoR committee. In addition, he serves on the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) steering committee and is on the Idaho Regional Optical Network’s (IRON) Board of Directors. Dr. Hill is a retired Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the Idaho National Laboratory. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a doctorate in mathematical physics from Imperial College, London University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He and his wife Georgia Meacham have five children.
Shawn Keough of Sandpoint is the executive director of the Associated Logging Contractors which is an organization of Idaho based independent logging and wood hauling contractors with whom she has worked since 2000. Her work experience over the course of her career is in the fields of business management and public relations.
She also served in the Idaho State Senate from 1996 to 2018, making her the longest-serving female Senator in Idaho’s history. Her service included 18 years on the legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, of which three years were as co-chair. In addition to other committees, she also served a total of five years on the Senate Education Committee. While serving in the legislature, her work in the area of higher education helped to lead expansion of higher education opportunities across Idaho including: expansion of North Idaho College satellite campuses in Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry; expansion of online college courses; implementation of dual credit college courses for high school students; expansion of career technical programs; and, establishment of 4-year degree programs through all of Idaho’s public colleges and universities both in Coeur d’Alene and online. She retired from the legislature in 2018.
Ms. Keough’s main focus in life is her family. Shawn and Mike have been married 32 years and have two grown sons, two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren. Her husband graduated from the University of Idaho and taught in Idaho’s public schools 35 years. Their sons grew up in Sandpoint, attended public schools and graduated from the University of Idaho and Boise State University. Her grandchildren are starting their education in Idaho’s public schools.
Ms. Keough obtained an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts from Lewis Clark State College in Lewiston and an Associate of Science in General Studies from North Idaho College.
Kurt Liebich has served on the boards of numerous educational nonprofit organizations, including Idaho Business for Education, Project Lead the Way, Riverstone International School, and the Lee Pesky Center. He recently served as a valued member of Governor Little’s ‘Our Kids, Idaho’s Future’ task force to strengthen public education in Idaho. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Boise-based RedBuilt LLC and New Wood Resources LLC. RedBuilt is a supplier of engineered structural solutions and New Wood Resources is a veneer and plywood products operation. Liebich also has served on the executive management team for the Weyerhaeuser Corporation, one of the world’s largest integrated forest products companies.
Liebich earned an MBA in General Management from Harvard University and a BA in Economics from Bowdoin College in Maine.
Sherri Ybarra is Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. She was elected in 2014 as Idaho’s 25th Superintendent of Public Instruction and re-elected in 2018. Before her election as one of the state’s constitutional officers, she served nearly two decades of service in Idaho schools as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal and federal program director. She was recognized as the Mountain Home School District’s “Outstanding Educator” twice.
As Superintendent of Public Instruction, Sherri oversees more than 323,000 students, 736 schools, 115 districts and 61 charters. She also serves as an ex-officio voting member and executive secretary of the Idaho State Board of Education, as Chairman of the Board of Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and the Blind and as a member of the State Board of Land Commissioners.
Sherri earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from West Liberty State College in West Virginia, and two degrees from the University of Idaho: an M.A. in Educational Leadership and an Ed.S. with an emphasis in the superintendency. She is pursuing a doctorate in education.
She lives in Mountain Home with her husband, a federal police officer. Their son graduated from Idaho public schools and is attending the University of Idaho.