W.Va. Board of Education Member Takes on National Role

October 21, 2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  West Virginia Board of Education Member Gayle C. Manchin has been selected as president-elect of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE).  She is the second West Virginia board member to be selected for the national leadership position in recent years. Lowell Johnson, NASBE’s current president until January, was selected as the group’s president-elect in 2008.


“I’m honored to be chosen by my colleagues to help lead this important organization,” Manchin said. “I’m proud to be part of the leading role West Virginia is playing on the national level to better the education systems of students not only at home but across the country.”


Manchin is currently chairperson of NASBE’s study group on developing the 21st century educator. Her term as president-elect begins in January. She is slated to become NASBE’s president in 2012. She was appointed to the West Virginia Board of Education by her husband, Gov. Joe Manchin, in 2007 to serve a nine-year term ending in 2015. A West Virginia native, taught in West Virginia public schools in Marion County and at Fairmont State University.


“Gayle Manchin has served an important role on the West Virginia Board of Education as our state has strengthened our curriculum to meet national and international standards,” West Virginia Superintendent Steve Paine said. “I am confident she also will provide solid guidance as NASBE also faces new challenges in the 21st century."


The National Association of State Boards of Education is the only national organization giving voice and adding value to the nation's state boards of education. The nonprofit organization works to strengthen state leadership in educational policymaking, promote excellence in the education of all students, advocate equality of access to educational opportunity and assure continued citizen support for public education.

The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it, West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT, college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.

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