CHARLESTON, W.Va. _ Jenny Phillips has been reappointed to the West Virginia Board of Education by Gov. Joe Manchin to a new term ending Nov. 4, 2016.
Manchin first appointed Phillips to the board in 2005 to fill a vacancy created with the death of longtime state board member Paul J. Morris of Dunbar.
Phillips, a Randolph County native, is the development director of The Phillips Group, an Elkins-based marketing, communications and public relations firm. She previously spent about 25 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including four years as West Virginia’s director for USDA Rural Development.
Other work experience includes time with the White House Office of Public Liaison, Office of Import Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as a psychotherapist position with St. Joseph’s Hospital/Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.
“I am honored to be asked to continue to serve the children of West Virginia,” Phillips said. “Education plays an integral role in economic development and this position is a wonderful opportunity to guide future growth in our state.”
The 12-member West Virginia Board of Education includes 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.