Cook Re-elected State Board of Education President

July 10, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education on Thursday re-elected Delores W. Cook as its president for 2008-2009. The board also re-elected Priscilla Haden as vice president and chose Jenny Phillips to serve as secretary.


“I am honored that my colleagues have entrusted me with this position,” Cook said. “I am confident that we will continue to work together to move forward on important educational issues that impact our students.”  

Cook, a retired teacher from Boone County, has been a member of the state board since 2002, when she was sworn-in to serve a nine-year term ending in November 2010. She served as board president during 2007-2008. She also is a former president of the Boone County Education Association and former president of the Boone County Retired School Employees Association. She served in the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1989 to 1994.  

Haden, a Charleston resident, was first appointed to the board in 2002. A former member of the Kanawha County Board of Education, she also taught school in Monongalia, Wood and Kanawha counties.  

Phillips, a Randolph County resident, was first appointed to the board in 2005 to fill a vacancy created after the death of longtime state board member Paul J. Morris. She was reappointed by Gov. Joe Manchin in 2007 for a term ending November 2016.  Since 2005, Phillips has been the development director for The Phillips Group, an Elkins-based marketing and communications firm. She previously spent 22 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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