CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday welcomed its newest member, Tina Combs of Martinsburg. Combs, who replaces Jenny Phillips, will serve on the board until Nov. 1, 2016.
“I am honored to serve the children of West Virginia,” Combs said. “I accept this appointment with respect for the important work that lies ahead as we work together to prepare our children for their future.”
Combs brings business and workforce development experience to the state board as the president and CEO of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce. She also has served as chairwoman of the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Board of Governors and as treasurer of the Berkeley County Business Education Partnership. She earned a bachelor’s degree in organization leadership and development from Mountain State University, as well as graduate certificates in community economic development from Virginia Institute for Economic Development at Virginia Tech and in non-profit management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“What an exciting time for Tina to join us as we work to reform our public schools,” said West Virginia Board of Education President Wade Linger. “Tina brings a wealth of practical business and workforce development experience. I am confident that her 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.
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