Former congressman Bill Cobey was elected chairman of the State Board of Education on Wednesday.
Cobey replaces Bill Harrison, a former school district superintendent who left the board earlier this year after his term expired.
R.L. "Buddy" Collins of Forsyth County was elected vice president. Equality NC, a gay advocacy group, tried to get Gov. Pat McCrory to withdraw Collins' appointment.
Cobey is a former chairman of the state Republican Party. He was sworn in as a board of education member along with five other McCrory appointees.