Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Thomas Thurman to the Mountain Institute Career and Technology Education District (CTED) Governing Board, to represent the voters and residents of the Mayer Unified School District. The appointment will be effective January 1, 2021 and will expire on December 31, 2022. The vacancy was due to the fact that no one filed for the seat during the 2020 election cycle.

Mr. Thurman has been a resident of Yavapai County since 1969 and of the Mountain Institute CTED (Mayer) since the district began operations. On many occasions, he has spoken in favor of the creation of Mountain Institute and the importance of career and technology education in today’s society.

Mr. Thurman is well known in the Poland Junction, Mayer, Spring Valley, Cordes Lakes, and Black Canyon City areas since he was a contractor for 25 years and has been the elected County Supervisor for that area for sixteen years. He serves as the Chairman of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors for four terms.

In addition to being an elected official, Mr. Thurman has been active in the community; serving as the President of the Yavapai Contractor’s Association, Chairman of the Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commission, Chairman of the Arizona Public Service Retirement System, and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG), to mention only a few.

Mr. Carter posted this position within the school districts and with local media. Mr. Thurman was the only applicant for the position. That process preceded an informal discussion, communication with each of the elected members of the Governing Boards of both Mountain Institute CTED and Mayer Unified School, their district executive leadership, and with various residents of the district.

Superintendent Carter said that “Mr. Thurman is a servant leader in every sense of the word. Since he is retiring from Yavapai County at the conclusion of his current term, on December 31, 2020 he is looking forward to this new opportunity to serve. He will be a supportive partner with the existing Board Members. His background, board experience, education, work experience, integrity, and love of the community should serve him extremely well in this new endeavor. He has always been an advocate for career related instruction and that passion comes across loud and clear when speaking with others. He will not hesitate to ask appropriate questions as a very active Board Member. I have had the privilege to work closely with Mr. Thurman for several decades and could not be more pleased with his appointment to the Mountain Institute Governing Board”.

Mr. Carter may be reached at 928-925-6560 (cell).  Mr. Thurman may be contacted at 928-771-3393.