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Wade Linger, a high tech entrepreneur, was appointed to the West Virginia Board of Education to a nine-year term in 2008. He was elected president in 2011. Linger is a native of Charleston and current Marion County resident.
Trained as a computer programmer while serving in the U.S. Air Force, Linger has spent much of his professional career in the fields of technology and research, including a stint as the first vice president of research for the West Virginia High Technology Consortium.
After serving in the Air Force, Linger worked as a computer programmer for ManTech International Corp., where he wrote and maintained computer software used by the U.S. Navy to track aircraft maintenance, parts, and pilot flight hours. In 1992, Wade established ManTech's West Virginia operations in Fairmont.
Linger later established a new information technology company called TMC Technologies, which grew to over 80 high tech employees when it was acquired in 2005. He also created a restoration shop in Fairmont for collectible and classic cars known as Wade's Garage.
In 2010 a new high tech company known as TMC2 was established, and is currently being led by Linger.
Linger has been a community leader and volunteer. He is a former chairman of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce and a former Boy Scout leader. He has served on the West Virginia University's College of Engineering Advisory Council and is currently on the Board of the West Virginia NASA Space Grant Consortium. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Business from St. Leo College, Fla., in 1989.
He and his wife, Jill, have five children and six grandchildren.