CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education welcomed its newest member this week as high tech entrepreneur Wade Linger took the oath of office.
Linger, a Charleston native and current Marion County resident, was appointed to the West Virginia Board of Education by Gov. Joe Manchin and took his oath from Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine on Wednesday. He will serve a nine-year term ending in 2017.
“I am honored to serve the children of West Virginia,” Linger said. “I accept this appointment with reverence for the important work that lies ahead; mindful of the challenges we face in preparing our children to succeed in today’s global economy.”
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 began working as a defense contractor for ManTech International Corp., where he wrote and maintained computer software used by the U.S. Navy to track aircraft maintenance and parts and pilot flight hours. He established TMC Technologies and the technology consulting business, Linger Enterprises. He also created a restoration shop known as Wade’s Garage.
The West Virginia Board of Education's 12 members include nine citizens appointed by the governor and three non-voting ex-officio members — the state superintendent, the chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the chancellor of the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education. Board members serve overlapping terms of nine years, and no more than five citizen members may belong to the same political party.
The West Virginia Board of Education is established in the West Virginia Constitution and is vested with general supervision of the state's elementary and secondary schools. The board meets monthly to determine state policies 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.
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