Bob Craig today announced he will not seek reelection to the State Board of Education, District 15.
My goal has always been excellence in our public schools.@ Mr. Craig said. AAt the end of my current term, I will have devoted 24 years to public service, working with students, parents and educators to provide a quality public education. I am fortunate to have won the support of voters as an elected member of the State Board of Education and as a trustee of my local school district,@ Mr. Craig added.
"Now is the time for me to step out of public service in the educational arena and allow others the opportunity to serve. I will continue to be an advocate for topnotch educational opportunities for all students." Craig said.
State Senator Robert Duncan of the 28th Senate District said, "Bob Craig is my friend and a dedicated public servant. I have relied on his advice and counsel in dealing with the issues of public education. Texas will miss his exceptional leadership."
Max Parker, a trustee with the San Angelo Independent School District, said, "Bob is someone we will miss as our representative on the State Board of Education. He was always responsive to our questions and kept our board apprised of what was going on at the state level. As a prior local school board member in Lubbock, and a parent, Bob understood how actions by the State Board could affect local boards and ultimately, teachers and students. Bob truly cares about the education and
welfare of all students and his service and votes on the state board
reflected those feelings."
"Bob Craig has been an outstanding State Board Member! He kept us informed of important issues and most importantly, invited us to discuss those issues prior to the final decision of the State Board." said Amarillo ISD Superintendent Rod Schroder. "He traveled to Amarillo to attend several of our Board meetings on his own initiative because he felt a responsibility to be visible to his constituents. We, and the students, parents and educators in the State of Texas, will miss the service of such a dedicated public servant," Schroder added .
State Representative Susan King of Abilene said, "The unparalleled commitment that Bob Craig has displayed to Texas schoolchildren and parents is extremely admirable. Having personally worked with Bob for many years, his leadership and expertise on the State Board of Education will be greatly missed, and he will continue to be held in high regard by champions of public education statewide."
Craig currently serves District 15 on the State Board of Education and is the Vice Chairman of the Board, as elected by his fellow members. He was first elected by voters to the State Board of Education in 2002. Prior to service on the State Board of Education, Craig served three terms on the Board of Trustees of the Lubbock Independent School District beginning in 1988 and served as President of that Board from 1990-1992 and again for 2000-2002.
The State Board of Education District 15 is a vast region of 75 Texas counties including all of the Texas Panhandle, the South Plains, Permian Basin, the Big County, Concho Valley and portions of the Texas Hill County.
Mr. Craig is a senior partner in the Lubbock Law Firm of Craig, Terrill, Hale and Grantham.