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WV Board of Education Returns to Full Strength

January 17, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va.- The West Virginia Board of Education today applauded three new Board appointments announced by Governor Bob Wise. Former Senator Lloyd Jackson of Hamlin has been appointed to serve a term ending November 4, 2011. Priscilla Haden of Charleston has been appointed to serve a term ending November 4, 2004. Shelia Hamilton from Shepherdstown has been re-appointed to serve a term ending November 4, 2006.  

“We are extremely excited to gain a member of Lloyd Jackson’s caliber. His experience, knowledge and vision within the educational arena will be invaluable,” said Board President Howard Persinger. “As a former educator and Kanawha County Board member, Ms. Haden will also bring years of expertise to the table and I am confident that Ms. Hamilton will continue to guide our Board in an intellectual and compassionate manner,” added Persinger. The Board meets monthly to determine the educational policies of the elementary and secondary schools and to establish the rules that carry into effect state law regarding education.  

“The West Virginia Board of Education continues to move forward on important educational issues,” said Persinger. “ I welcome these new people aboard. Our crew is now at full strength with nine members and ready for an exciting voyage,” Persinger noted.  

The Board's 11 members include nine citizens appointed by the governor and two non-voting ex-officio members —the State Superintendent of Schools and the Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Board members serve overlapping terms of nine years, and no more than five citizen members may belong to the same political party.  

"These new appointments will enhance an already effective Board," said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. "We look forward to working with all of these high-quality individuals."

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