LouAnn Howard was elected director of education for the Mid-America Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists by the union’s Executive Committee at its regularly scheduled meeting today. She will step into the role immediately, following the retirement of former director John Kriegelstein in January.

Howard has been serving as associate director of education for MAUC since 1999. She previously filled the position of superintendent of schools for the Illinois Conference, after teaching elementary grades for 10 years and serving as a principal for six.

A graduate of Union College, Howard also holds a master’s degree in elementary education from Loma Linda University and an educational specialist degree in administration and supervision from Andrews University. She is a member of eight committees for the North America Division dealing with assessment, advisory or curriculum and will be chairing six MAUC committees, including the Board of Education and the Education Council.

MAUC president Gary Thurber said, “LouAnn has served the Mid-America Union with distinction and has excellent support from the conference presidents and educational superintendents in our territory. We’re excited for Adventist education in the MAUC under her leadership.”

Howard said, “We have a wonderful team of educators in Mid-America. I look forward to continuing our work together empowering learners to collaborate, be creative, practice critical thinking, and clearly communicate while developing a life of faith in God and an attitude of service to God and humanity.”