Gov. David Ige named three new members to the state Board of Education on Tuesday, all subject to Senate confirmation.

The governor turned to former teachers who previously served on the board for two of the appointments and a banker for the other. The three nominees would replace members whose terms are set to expire June 30.

Lance Mizumoto, president of Central Pacific Bank, would replace at-large member Keith Amemiya.

Maggie Cox, a retired educator twice elected to the board before it was became gubernatorially appointed, would replace Kauai member Nancy Budd.

And Hubert Minn, a former teacher and elected board member, would replace Oahu member Cheryl Lupenui.

Governor David Ige enters press conference held at his office.  12 feb 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gov. David Ige, pictured here in February, appointed three new members to serve on the state Board of Education on Tuesday, subject to Senate confirmation.

Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige, a product of the public school system and husband of a longtime educator, said his focus is on empowering teachers, principals and staff at the school level.

“These nominees share my core beliefs and values,” he said. “They will be open, collaborative and represent the best values of Hawaii in their aloha for the students, teachers, principals and staff, and for each other.”

The Senate has extended until Wednesday the deadline for the governor to make appointments this session to his Cabinet and state boards and commissions.

Ige said he hopes to fill his remaining Cabinet positions, the head of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and possibly others by the end of Wednesday. The other outstanding appointments include members of the land and water commissions.

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