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TASB Announces Two Key Promotions to Better Serve Members

Austin— The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) announced the promotion of two long-standing leaders to key positions as the organization continues to strengthen its connections with its members — Texas trustees and the districts they serve. 

Carolyn Counce will now serve as associate executive director of Member Services, where she will oversee Board Development Services, Field Services, HR Services, Executive Search Services, Special Education Solutions and Student Solutions. Counce had previously served as division director of Policy Service. She has been with TASB since 2000 and has been instrumental in ensuring the organization provides responsive and timely policy updates to members.  

Joy Baskin will now serve as education counsel overseeing Policy Service and Legal Services for TASB, where she will leverage her deep knowledge of school law to keep members appraised of relevant matters and cases amid an increasingly complex educational legal landscape. Baskin, who is known nationally as an expert in this area, has been with TASB for nearly three decades and previously served as division director of Legal Services.  

“I am very pleased to announce these promotions because they reflect our ongoing commitment here at TASB to provide our members with excellent service, especially in these key areas that are so important for Texas trustees, superintendents and district leaders,” said TASB Executive Director Dan Troxell. “Both Carolyn and Joy are experts in their respective areas, and it’s a benefit to TASB and our members that we have such talented and committed leaders.”   

The promotions of Counce and Baskin follow the decision of longtime TASB Associate Executive Director of Governance Services Robert Duron to semi-retire with a part-time position that will be focused exclusively on the work he most enjoys — strengthening board and superintendent relationships. Duron, who has served at TASB for 10 years, was previously superintendent of San Antonio and Socorro ISDs, as well as a deputy commissioner for Finance and Operations at the Texas Education Agency. He will now serve as TASB’s executive leader for member support. 

About TASB

TASB is a nonprofit organization established in 1949 to serve local Texas school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.4 million public school students.