Jean Woolard of Plymouth, a former teacher, has been appointed to the State Board of Education to fill the vacancy created by the death of Kathy Taft.
The appointment was announced Friday by the office of Gov. Bev Perdue.
Woolard is a former teacher at Plymouth High School and a member of several teacher organizations, including the National Education Association and the North Carolina Association of Educators. She received bachelor's and master's degrees from East Carolina University.
The 13-member Board of Education oversees public schools in North Carolina. The governor appoints 11 members who must be confirmed by the legislature. Because Woolard was appointed to serve in an unexpired term, she will not need to be confirmed.
Taft was killed in March in a brutal attack. A Raleigh man, Jason Keith Williford of Wayland Drive, was charged with rape and murder in the case.