CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday welcomed its newest member. Thomas W. Campbell, a former state delegate, took the oath of office during the board’s monthly meeting in Hamlin. Campbell replaces Lowell Johnson whose term expired in November.
“I am grateful for this appointment,” said Campbell. “I look forward to working with my fellow board members and all stakeholders as we work to prepare all of our children for career readiness and success in life.”
Campbell attended West Virginia University and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Campbell was first elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1996 and served through 2012. During his tenure in the House of Delegates, he served as chairman of the House Education Committee from 2005-2006 and previously served on the House Finance Committee's education subcommittee. Campbell also currently represents West Virginia on the Southern Regional Education Board and is a 15-year veteran of the Read Aloud West Virginia Program at Ronceverte Elementary School in Greenbrier County.
“What an exciting time for Tom to join us as we roll up our sleeves to begin work on education reform,” said West Virginia Board of Education President Wade Linger. “Tom brings a cache of qualifications to the table in his work with the state Legislature and professional life. I am confident that his perspective on education issues will benefit the students of our state.”
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 the Blind.
Campbell resides in Lewisburg with his wife, the Rev. Dr. Susan Sharp Campbell. For more information, contact the Office of Communication at (304) 558-2699.