Hovland appointed to school board

July 13, 2018
Donald Hovland photo

The Stillwater Area School Board appointed Donald G. Hovland to the school board at its July 12 meeting. This appointment fills the vacancy left by Tom Lehmann who was appointed District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.

Mr. Lehmann was first elected to the school board in November 2010 and resigned his position on June 22. Following his resignation, the school board accepted and reviewed applications. After completing candidate interviews, the board voted to appoint Donald G. Hovland as a new board member.

Mr. Hovland has more than 47 years teaching and administrative experience in secondary education and college teaching, including serving as principal of Stillwater Junior High School (now Stillwater Middle School) and serving as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas. He also worked for school districts in Montana and North Dakota. He has volunteered on the Human Rights Commission for the Stillwater City Council and is currently assisting with the “One Room Schoolhouse” project in Oak Park Heights. Mr. Hovland has lived in Stillwater for more than 45 years.

In his application letter, Mr. Hovland said, “I invested 26 years of my career in Stillwater Area Schools ... I want to give back in any way I can to keep the high standards and outstanding reputation of our schools and to continue to help all stakeholders in the schools and community.”

Mr. Hovland will begin his term at the August 23 school board meeting, assuming no petition to reject the appointee has been filed. His term will end on the first Monday in January, 2019.