November 2020 Marty Rowley Retirement Resolution


WHEREAS Marty Rowley has represented the people of the Panhandle, the South Plains, and the Permian Basin on the State Board of Education since 2013; and

WHEREAS this visionary leader played a central role in reinvigorating and completing a strategic plan for Texas public education, having served as chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Long-Range Plan for Public Education and on the Long-Range Plan Steering Committee; and

WHEREAS his colleagues recognized his leadership skills by repeatedly electing him vice chair of the board; and

WHEREAS Marty Rowley also served as vice chair and later chair of the Committee on School Initiatives; and

WHEREAS whether acting in a subcommittee, the Committee of the Full Board, or an ad hoc committee, Marty Rowley’s professional mediation skills helped him find ways to bring together board members and stakeholders with disparate views to find common ground; and

WHEREAS his legal skills helped untangle numerous complex issues and lengthy amendments; and

WHEREAS as a former minister, he may even have used the power of prayer a few times to help guide the board to decisions that would benefit all Texas children; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That after judicially weighing the pros and cons of all available evidence, the State Board of Education issues this ruling expressing its gratitude to Marty Rowley for his leadership, common sense, and many years of service; and be it further

RESOLVED, That this resolution be presented to Marty Rowley and that a copy be included in the permanent records of the State Board of Education.

WITNESS our signatures this twentieth day of November, two thousand and twenty, in Austin, Texas.

Keven Ellis, Chair

Georgina C. Pérez, Secretary