There are nine members on the State Board of Education. Governor Robert J. Bentley serves as president of the Board by virtue of his elected office, Stephanie W. Bell serves as vice president, and Ella Bell serves as President Pro Tem. The State Superintendent serves as the chief executive officer of the State Department of Education and is appointed and serves at the pleasure of the State Board of Education. The Board holds meetings in the auditorium of the Gordon Persons Building in Montgomery, Alabama, on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Work sessions are held in Plaza 104 Gordon Persons Building on the 4th Thursday of each month.