Phillips, a Randolph County native, was recently appointed to the position by Governor Joe Manchin. Phillips currently serves as development director of The Phillips Group, an Elkins-based marketing, communications and public relations firm. She recently retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, completing her 27-year USDA career with a four-year tenure as West Virginia State Director for USDA Rural Development.
Phillips previously worked as an educational therapist at Creighton University Medical Center - St. Joseph Hospital, Inc. in Omaha, Neb., where she played an instrumental role in the establishment of its School for Emotionally Disturbed Children.
“I am honored to serve the children of West Virginia,” said Phillips. “Education plays an integral role in economic development and my new position is a wonderful opportunity to guide future growth in our state.”
Phillips is a graduate of Davis and Elkins College, where she earned her B.A in English and Art. She also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executive Program at Harvard University.
Phillips is filling a vacancy created with the death of longtime State Board member Paul J. Morris of Dunbar. Phillips will complete the unexpired term that ends Nov. 4, 2007.
The West Virginia Board of Education is established in the West Virginia Constitution. The Board is vested with general supervision of the state's 834 elementary and secondary schools. Its twelve 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 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, and 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 Blind