Shan Davis, a member of the staff of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, was named executive director Wednesday for the panel.

The executive director is responsible for administrative and fiscal operations of the board office. BESE sets policies for about 700,000 public school students statewide.

Davis said she officially starts the job on Dec. 21. She said her salary has not been finalized.

Her predecessor, Heather Cope, was paid $125,000 a year.

“I am just excited about taking more of a leadership role,” she said after the BESE vote.

Davis has worked for BESE for six years. She was a teacher in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system for 16 years.

Davis will be the sixth person to hold the job since 2008.

BESE also re-elected its current slate of officers to serve for 2015, including Chas Roemer, who is president.

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