On October 20, 2020, at 10:00 AM, the Honorable Reed B. Oliver, Governor of Pohnpei State,
administered the oaths of office to the new members of the Board of Education in the
Governor’s Conference Room, Peilapalap, Kolonia.
Vice-Chairman of the 10th Pohnpei Legislature Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs,
Hon. Senator Sonster Edgar represented the Speaker of the 10th Pohnpei Legislature to initiate
the new members of the Board of Education. Director of the Department of Education and
Wahnpahroan, Mr. Stanley Etse, gave the Invocation.
The following were sworn in as members of the Board of Education:
● Mr. Grilly Jack
● Mr. Franky Edward
● Mr. Diaz Joseph
● Ms. Phyllis Silbanuz
● Mrs. Alice Bridge Ehmes
In his remarks, Governor Oliver congratulated the members of the fully constituted Board of
Education. He extended his thanks to Speaker Ausen T. Lambert and the members of the 10th
Pohnpei Legislature for their support to confirm these new members. He thanked members of
the previous Board of Education for their hard work, dedication, and decisions made during the
last few months. He thanked the new members of the Board and entrusted them to work with
the Director of Education to provide guidance, oversight, and support to the important work of
educating the children who are the future of Pohnpei State.
Before presenting their certificates of appointment, Vice Chairman Edgar gave a brief remark.
He thanked Governor Oliver and Board members for accepting this very important duty. He
likened the new Board to the current legislature, with a mix of old and new members. He
encouraged the experienced members to help the new members to make decisions and support
the Director of Education.
Mr. Grilly Jack represented his fellow Board members to thank Governor Oliver for his trust and
confidence in renominating some of them and nominating the rest to this new Board. He
extended similar sentiment to the Speaker and members of the 10th Pohnpei Legislature for their
support to confirm all of their nominations. He closed by asking everyone for support and
prayers for success in their work as members of this very important Board.