If Phil Hutchinson had been told 11 years ago that he would be on the verge of serving as president of the Missouri School Boards’ Association, he would have said they were crazy.

If Phil Hutchinson had been told 11 years ago that he would be on the verge of serving as president of the Missouri School Boards’ Association, he would have said they were crazy.


“I never thought that this was something I would want to do,” said the longtime member of the Grain Valley Board of Education. “But it’s another way for me to be involved and benefit Grain Valley schools.”


The MSBA supports public education and local boards of education throughout Missouri with leadership, training and support. Hutchinson is currently president-elect of MSBA and will become president of the state organization in June 2013. He has also served as MSBA vice president, governmental relations chair and as a regional delegate.


As president-elect, Hutchinson is responsible for filling in if the president is absent and is chair of two committees – the advocacy committee and the strategic communications and technology committee. He will also be involved in local board of education member training and an online curriculum consortium.


“I wanted this opportunity because it does give a lot of recognition to our district,” he said. “I have learned about all of the state programs out there and what MSBA resources are available to school districts. It is a great way to stay involved and keep informed about the issues and legislation being proposed.”


Hutchinson is the second MSBA president from Eastern Jackson County in the last five years. Dave Wright, a member of the Blue Springs Board of Education, served as president in 2010. He said he believes having two area state presidents in such a short period of time has shined the spotlight on the good things happening in area schools.


“He (Wright) is a good friend and maybe influenced my decision to seek the president position,” Hutchinson said. “It is a large commitment of time, but it is worth it.”


Hutchinson said his involvement with MSBA has been somewhat of a journey in self discovery.


“The last few years have been a learning experience and a lot of self improvement,” he said. “I have really developed into more of a public speaker. I never thought I would be able to stand in front of people in talk, but it is part of the position, and something I have slowly become more comfortable in doing.”