West Virginia Board of Education

The West Virginia Board of Education is established in the West Virginia Constitution. The Board is vested with general supervision of the state's elementary and secondary schools.

Its 12 members include nine citizens appointed by the governor and three non-voting ex-officio members — the state superintendent of schools, the chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and the chancellor of Community and Technical College Education. The state superintendent is a constitutional officer who serves at the will and pleasure of the board. Board members serve overlapping terms of nine years. No more than five citizen members may belong to the same political party.

The board meets monthly to determine the educational policies of the elementary and secondary schools and to establish the rules that carry into effect state law regarding education. The state Board of Education also has general control, supervision and management of the business and educational affairs of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

Please meet the members of the West Virginia Board of Education:

Gayle C. Manchin, President
Michael I. Green, Vice President
Robert W. Dunlevy, Secretary
L. Wade Linger Jr., Member
William M. White, Member
Lloyd G. Jackson II, Member
Thomas Campbell, Member
Tina H. Combs, Member

Dr. Paul L. Hill, Ex Officio
Chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

James Skidmore, Ex Officio
Chancellor, West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education

James B. Phares, Ex Officio
State Superintendent of Schools