Governor names new education advisor
January 21, 2014
“Education is my top budget priority and the key to our long-term economic strength,” said Gov. Herbert. “Tami has seen our education system at work from every angle and she will provide valuable perspective as we work to reach our goal to have 66 percent of Utah adults with a college degree or certificate by 2020.”
Pyfer has served as a member of the Utah State School Board representing District 1 since Feb. 2010. She will resign her seat as she takes on her new role in the Herbert Administration. A resident of Logan, she has worked in the College of Education at Utah State University as a research coordinator in the Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education Department. She is also adjunct faculty in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation.
Pyfer served eight years on the Logan City Council and seven years on the Logan Schools Foundation Board of Directors. Prior to her Foundation Board term, she spent seven years as the Foundation’s Executive Director. She also worked as a program specialist for the Utah Commission on Civic and Character Education.
For over 20 years, Pyfer was active in her children’s education, serving as a PTA volunteer, PTA president, school Site-Based Committee member, Community Council member and classroom volunteer.
“As parents, we’ve had public school, private school, and home school experiences with our children. I have been a non-traditional student, educator, researcher, and school board member, so I’ve seen education from many angles,” said Pyfer. “Gov. Herbert has placed a strong emphasis on strengthening education for all Utah students and I am eager to bring my experience and perspective to this important work.”
Pyfer fills the role vacated by Christine Kearl, who served as education advisor for ten years and played an instrumental role in establishing the Governor’s Education Excellence Commission, an unprecedented 31-member coalition of business, community and education leaders that developed a blueprint for education, including supporting the 66 by 2020 effort.
“I appreciate the outstanding service and counsel Christine has provided,” said Gov. Herbert. “She has helped lay the foundation for our critical and on-going efforts to strengthen our economy and community through a focus on education. We all owe her a debt of gratitude for her service.”
A graduate of Utah State University, Pyfer holds both a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in early childhood special education. She and her husband, Aaron, have five children and two grandchildren.