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State Board Taps RESA IV for New OEPA Director

June 24, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gus Penix, director of the Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) IV based in Summersville, was named Friday as the new director of the Office of Education Performance Audits. Penix will replace Kenna Seal, the only person to lead the OEPA in the agency's 13-year history when he retires June 30.

“The West Virginia Board of Education interviewed some very strong candidates for the OEPA position so it was a tough decision,” said Board President Priscilla Haden. “After much discussion, we decided that Mr. Penix is the right person for the job. He brings years of educational, leadership and financial expertise to the table.”

Penix, who began teaching in 1971 at Nicholas County High School, also has experience as an assistant principal, principal, county treasurer, county superintendent and assistant RESA director.

Penix will start his new position on July 1 at an annual salary of $120,000.

The mission of the Office of Education Performance Audits is to assist the West Virginia Board of Education, the West Virginia Legislature and the governor in establishing and maintaining a quality system of education performance audits. The office conducts reviews to measure the quality of education and the preparation of students based on standards and measures of student, school, and school system performance and progress.

As the state's leading education auditor, the OEPA looks for warning signs and investigates problems at individual schools and county school systems. The problems can be minor ones that are easily corrected to severe ones that require state intervention. Fayette, Gilmer, Grant, Lincoln, McDowell, Mingo and Preston counties are currently under state control.

Lawmakers created the Office of Education Performance Audits in 1998 to assist the state in providing a thorough and efficient system of public schools.

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