Former USC football player resigns from state Board of Ed, Whitmer seeks replacement

Former Michigan State University football player Jason Strayhorn has resigned from the state Board of Education, citing “new academic and athletic opportunities that require us to relocate as a family out of state.”

Strayhorn, who now works as a real estate broker and color commentator for USC football games, was elected to the eight-member board as a Democrat in 2020.

“By the grace of God, my family has been blessed with these unforeseen opportunities,” he wrote in a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer dated July 29. “Please know this is not something I could have imagined when I first set out to be a difference maker within our State Board of Education.”

Strayhorn did not return messages left seeking comment. His family’s Novi home was sold in June, according to online property records, and his wife, Alicia, now lists her place of residence as California on social media.

Both of his sons, Kaden and Kody, are elite college football prospects. Kaden Strayhorn transferred from Detroit Catholic Central to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, earlier this year.

Whitmer will appoint Strayhorn’s replacement.

Spokesman Bobby Leddy said in a statement that she will be “looking for someone who will put students and parents first in every decision, while also supporting teachers with the resources they need to deliver a phenomenal education.”

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