National PTA President- Betsy Landers
Betsy Landers, of Memphis, Tennessee, became National PTA’s 52nd President on Sunday, June 12 during a special ceremony at the association’s convention in Orlando.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to expand my commitment to children and public education as the president of an association that makes a real difference in the lives of all parents and children across the country,” said Landers.
Representing a long line of visionary leaders since 1897, Landers will work to continue the association’s rich legacy of engaging parents, schools, legislators, and community leaders in improving children’s health, safety, and educational success.
“As president-elect the last two years, I’ve worked closely with out-going president Chuck Saylors and I’m committed to working with the national staff, state PTAs and members everywhere to continue taking action for all of our nation’s kids,” said Landers.
She will lead National PTA’s Board of Directors to continue long-term strategies and priorities that benefit families nationwide. They’ll continue to integrate PTA's core values with the association's strategic plan to speak for every child with one voice.
A member since 1989, Landers has held several positions from the local, state and national level, including: local PTA president, Tennessee PTA president, and National PTA secretary-treasurer.
As President of Tennessee PTA, Landers led that organization in working with the State Board of Education and several legislators to write what would become the Parent Involvement Act, using the PTA National Standards as a model. Now Tennessee law, the Act mandates that all school districts in the state have a written parent involvement policy.
Landers is married to Ben G. Landers and has three children; Benton, Nicholas, and Mary Frances.