Pinal County Superintendent Orlenda F. Roberts has selected Torri Anderson to fill the Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board seat vacated by Lori Glenn.
“I am excited to be part of the board and can not wait to get started,” said Anderson.
Anderson is the wife of former Maricopa Mayor Kelly Anderson and currently serves on the board of directors for Against Abuse Inc., a non-profit organization that provides shelter and services for victims of domestic violence.
“I feel this is the perfect opportunity to get involved in our school system,” said Anderson, who moved to Maricopa with her family when she was 10 years old. Prior to becoming a board member for Against Abuse she worked as a teacher for MUSD and Arizona State University.
Anderson was one of nine candidates who filed applications between Nov. 9 and Dec. 3 for the seat Glenn vacated in October.
Roberts screened and interviewed each candidate before making her decision early Wednesday morning.
“The questions that were asked really made you think why you wanted to be a board member,” Anderson said. “I think all candidates should be asked these questions before they consider running for a seat on the board.”
Anderson will take her seat at the first meeting in January and fulfill the last two years of Glenn’s term.
“I think this is a great appointment and Torri has some talents this board needs,” said board president Geoff Goddard.
Roberts could not be reached immediately for comment.