Former PTA Council President Melissa Baten Caswell was chosen by her colleagues Tuesday night to be president of the Palo Alto Board of Education for the coming year.
Caswell immediately took the gavel from outgoing Board President Barbara Klausner, who has served since November 2009.
The board chose Camille Townsend as its vice-president.
First elected to the school board in 2007, Caswell is a former corporate marketing vice-president who has been active in the PTA.
She was a founding board member of the nonprofit Youth Community Service and has been a member of several mayoral task forces. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Townsend, a lawyer, was first elected to the school board in 2003 and was re-elected in 2007. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and holds graduate degrees in law and public policy.