Seamon becomes board president less than a week after mayoral loss

Less than a week after coming in third in the Columbia mayoral election, fellow members on Monday elected David Seamon as president of the Columbia Board of Education.

Seamon was elected to the school board in 2020. He takes over the presidency from Helen Wade, who has been president the past two years.

Chris Horn, also elected in 2020, was elected vice president.

“I want to thank the board for entrusting me and Chris in these leadership positions,” Seamon said at the end of Monday’s meeting.

The school board feels like family, he said.

Blake Willoughby was sworn in for his second term and Suzette Waters for her first term by Superintendent Brian Yearwood.

Seamon welcomed Waters and welcomed Willoughby back, calling them sister and brother. He thanked Andrea Lisenby and Adam Burks for deciding to run for a position that is difficult.

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