Ruth Hardy Funk was elected chairwoman of the State Board of Education Friday, with Neola Brown as vice chairwoman.

A new member of the board, Jay Liechty, who will represent parts of Utah County, also was seated during the year's first meeting. He succeeds Margaret Nelson.Also sworn in were members who were re-elected, including Funk and Keith Checketts, Logan.

Richard Maxfield, who also was re-elected last fall, was absent because of two deaths in his family.