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ECU grad to be appointed to N.C. schools board

Posted August 27, 2010

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— A graduate of East Carolina University will be appointed to fill the State Board of Education seat formerly held by Kathy Taft, who died after being attacked last March.

Jean Woolard, of Plymouth, will represent a district covering more than a dozen counties in eastern North Carolina, according to Chrissy Pearson, a spokeswoman for the Governor's Office.

Woolard taught at Plymouth High School, serves on the board of directors of the North Carolina Association of Educations and is a member of National Education Association and Association of Classroom Teachers.

She holds a bachelor's degree in business education with a minor in history and a master's degree in education with a concentration in business from East Carolina University.

Authorities say that Taft, 62, of Greenville, was attacked, beaten and raped by an intruder while staying at a Raleigh home. She died at WakeMed on March 9. A nearby resident, Jason Keith Williford, 30, has been charged in connection with her death.

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