West Virginia Board of Education Elects New President

July 14, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education today elected Dr. Lowell Johnson as its new leader for the 2005-2006 term. The Board also elected Delores Cook as its vice-president and Priscilla Haden as its secretary.  

“As Board president, my first priority is academic achievement and student success,” said Johnson. “I look forward to working with the Governor, the Legislature and various education constituent groups as well as individual citizens to promote quality education in West Virginia.”  

Dr. Johnson has an extensive history with education in our state. He earned his bachelor's degree in education from Concord College, a master's degree in guidance and counseling from West Virginia University (WVU), as well as a doctoral degree in reading and psychology from WVU.  

Dr. Johnson began his teaching career in Greenbrier County. He then joined the teacher preparation faculty at Fairmont State College in 1970. In 1981, Dr. Johnson became president of the West Virginia Education Association where he remained until 1985. In 1985, he joined the faculty at Bluefield State College and served as the chair of the Division of Education. In 1987, Dr. Johnson began working for Congressman Bob Wise as chief of staff until 2000. He most recently served as the assistant secretary for ports for the West Virginia Department of Transportation.  

Dr. Johnson has also dedicated a great deal of time to the National Education Association serving on the Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the West Virginia State Fair and is a member of the National Association of State Boards of Education Government Relations Committee. Governor Bob Wise appointed Dr. Lowell Johnson to the Board of Education in January 2004. He is a lifetime resident of West Virginia and currently resides in Lewisburg in Greenbrier County.  

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