Joey Skinner exchanged one public figure hat for another when he was named Morgan Utah’s new stake president and resigned from his position on the Morgan County School District Board of Education all within the same week.
“Given not only the time constraints, but mostly not wanting to confuse people as to what hat I am wearing when I am speaking in either setting, I have chosen to resign from my seat on the Morgan County School Board,” Skinner said in a letter to the board.
“The Morgan Utah Stake is very fortunate to have President Skinner as their spiritual leader,” said Ken Durrant, school board member. “He is a gentleman and a person of character. He is a man I will always respect.”
“He has served (on the board) with distinction and integrity,” said Superintendent Ken Adams. “I wish him the very best in his new responsibilities. His leadership and insight will be missed.”
“He has been a true advocate for the students and community of Morgan County,” said Bruce A. Galbraith, school board president. “Joey will be sorely missed on the school board.”
The school board is now seeking a replacement to fill Skinner’s term, which expires December 2014. The board will appoint the new member, who must be a resident and voter in District 4. Those interested should submit letters of interest and resumes by 3:30 p.m. on April 5. The board will conduct interviews April 9 and officially fill the vacancy that same evening at their regular board meeting.
Skinner served on the school board for six and a half years, four of which were as president of the board. He said service on the board has been a “highlight” of his life.
“I have a passion for public education and especially the Morgan County schools,” Skinner said. “The administrators, teachers and staff are the best imaginable. I have enjoyed the time and the people with whom I’ve served. I have complete confidence in the future with the great leaders that are on (the) board.”
Those serving on the board with him said he always kept the district’s students on the top of the priority list.
“Mr. Skinner has been an outstanding member of the board,” Adams said. “He was forthright in sharing his opinions and thoughts. He always had the best interests of the children in mind as he made decisions.”
“Joey has been a great asset to the board, always mindful of the needs of the students and staff in the district,” said D’Lynn Poll, district business administrator.
“Never once did I witness Mr. Skinner making a decision in respect to his own personal feelings, but only with the welfare of the students, parents and patrons of Morgan County in mind,” Durrant said. “More than once he would say, ‘Is this decision best for our children?’”
Board member Neil Carrigan said as president of the board, Skinner often deferred flack from other board members and took it himself.
“I appreciated that. I will miss his calming influence. We have some fireballs on the board, but he never lost it,” Carrigan said. “I never saw him out of control. I have high respect for the man.”