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State board members gathered for a meeting last year.

State board members gathered for a meeting last year.

Shaina Cavazos

Gov. Pence taps Avon assistant superintendent to fill O’Brien’s state board seat

Gov. Mike Pence today appointed Maryanne McMahon, a school administrator from Avon, to replace former Indiana State Board of Education member Sarah O’Brien.


McMahon will serve the remainder of O’Brien’s term until June 30, 2019, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

“Throughout her career as an educator, Maryanne McMahon has distinguished herself as an innovative leader who works hard advancing the best interests of students, families and teachers,” Pence said in the release. “In her new role with the State Board of Education, I know she will continue her pattern of public service for the good of all Hoosiers.”

McMahon has worked in Avon schools for 17 years in a number of roles, including her current position as assistant superintendent. She was also a teacher and assistant principal in Decatur Township.

O’Brien, also an educator from Avon, stepped down last month to take time to address her daughter’s medical care. She was originally appointed to the board by former Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2009 and was made vice chairwoman of the board in 2015.