W.Va.'s 27th State Superintendent to Begin Her Tenure

February 28, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Jorea Marple officially became West Virginia’s 27th state superintendent of schools on Monday during an oath of office ceremony at the West Virginia Culture Center in Charleston. She is the first woman to be appointed to the position.


The West Virginia Board of Education hired Marple from among three finalists for the post during its February meeting. Marple, who most recently served as the state deputy superintendent, brings nearly 40 years of educational experience to the position. On March 1, she will replace John T. “Ted” Mattern, who took over as state superintendent on Jan. 4 after Steve Paine retired.


“I am optimistic about the firm foundation we have built here in West Virginia and the contributions we have made on the national front to increase rigor, incorporate 21st learning skills and affect student achievement,” Marple said. “I look forward to working with students, parents, educators, administrators, higher education, all branches of government, business and the community to make the great strides necessary to transform our school system. Together, we can help all West Virginia children become good kids doing great work.”

Marple, who will earn $165,000 a year, will assume all the duties, responsibilities and authority granted to the state’s top education leader and serves at the will and pleasure of the board as its policy advisor and executive officer. West Virginia's 55 county school districts serve about 282,000 students in preschool through 12th grade.

Marple has a doctorate in education administration from West Virginia University, has experience as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, university instructor, principal, assistant county superintendent, county superintendent, assistant state superintendent and deputy state superintendent. She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education at Fairmont State and holds a master of arts in reading from WVU. She also is a published author on effective school leadership. Marple has experience in West Virginia schools in Marion, Monongalia, Greenbrier and Kanawha counties.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.


--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called “Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average. 

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