Board of Education
State Board of Education
Gayle Conelly Manchin was appointed to the state Board of Education in 2007 to serve a nine-year term ending 2015. She was elected vice president in 2011.
She attended West Virginia University, where she attained her bachelorís degree in language arts and education and a masterís in reading. She also holds a second masterís in educational technology leadership from Salem International University.
Manchin, a native of Raleigh County, taught in Marion County schools and at Fairmont State University. She also was the director of the collegeís first Community Service Learning Program. While living in Marion County, she was active in her childrenís activities and community advocacy. She has been integrally involved with AmeriCorps projects and Americaís Promise for many years. In Charleston, Manchin worked at the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts, where she implemented the WV PASS (WV Partnerships to Assure Student Success) initiative.
In addition to her duties as a member of the state Board of Education, she served as West Virginiaís first lady; a commissioner on the West Virginia Commission for National and Community Service; the chairwoman of the Governorís Healthy Lifestyles Coalition and the West Virginia Citizenís Council on Children and Families; and as co-chair on the Governorís 21st Century Jobs Cabinet and the Intellectual Infrastructure of Vision Shared. She is as a partner on the West Virginia Partnership to Promote Community Well Being Commission, serves as the nominating chairwoman of The Education Alliance, is a past president of the Vandalia Rotary Club of Charleston, and is president-elect of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), the Black Diamond Girl Scout Council, the Childrenís Trust Fund, the Mountaineer Food Bank, and the Clay Center Board.
Mrs. Manchin and Senator Joe Manchin have three children and seven grandchildren.