Donna Bahorich

Texas SBOE Chair

As chair of the State Board of Education (SBOE), Donna Bahorich is committed to preparing all children to be productive, engaged citizens. She has worked diligently to approve and promote college and career ready courses, including strong career and technical education courses, leading to increased opportunities for students after high school. She brings experience in business, education, and legislation to the position. 

Donna was appointed as chair of the State Board of Education in July 2015 after serving most of the western half of Harris County as the District 6 representative. She was also the chair of the Committee on School Initiatives, which oversees State Board for Educator Certification rules, agenda items related to charter schools, long-range plans for K12 education and education technology, and the appointment of school board members for districts located on military bases. Donna served as the board liaison, coordinating with the education commissioner on all charter approvals. 

Donna graduated from Virginia Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in financial management, and she earned a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Liberty University.