TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Board of Directors of the Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) has chosen Andrea Messina to serve as the Executive Director of the Association. Messina, a former member of the Charlotte County School Board, had served as FSBA’s Director of Professional Development prior to being promoted to the Executive Director position.
The Executive Director position became available earlier this year upon the retirement of Dr. Wayne Blanton who had held the position since 1985. Since Blanton’s retirement, Bill Graham served as interim FSBA Executive Director while the association conducted a formal process to identify and consider candidates for the position.
FSBA created a special Selection Committee to interview and evaluate applicants seeking to fill the position. The Selection Committee recommended Messina for the position and the FSBA Board of Directors approved the recommendation in June.
“We were fortunate to consider several excellent candidates for this position,” said FSBA President Caroline Zucker, a member of the Sarasota County School Board. “Andrea presented the best combination of experience and leadership to take the helm as Executive Director.”
“I look forward to this new opportunity to work with school board members and school districts to build on FSBA’s legacy of advocating for students and public education,” said Messina.
Messina, a graduate of University of Central Florida, was named the FSBA’s Director of Professional Development in 2012. Prior to joining FSBA, she served on the Charlotte County School Board for three terms. She is the proud mother of two Florida public school graduates.
FSBA is a nonprofit and non-partisan corporation representing all school board members in Florida. FSBA has been the collective voice for Florida school districts since 1930.