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Inaugural Members of the West Virginia State University Board of Visitors Announced

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October 8, 2021
Inaugural Members of the West Virginia State University Board of Visitors Announced

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The inaugural members of the newly formed West Virginia State University Board of Visitors have been announced. The board is a volunteer organization designed to assist the university in maintaining and enhancing the university’s quality and standing in the region and the nation.

Members serve as advocates, ambassadors and advisors and assist in resource development for the continued enhancement and support of the university.

“The Board of Visitors will serve a vital role in helping the university to tell our story not only in West Virginia but around the country,” said WVSU Interim President Ericke S. Cage. “The board is a tremendous cross section of business and civic leaders who each bring a wealth of knowledge and a perspective that will help advance the university forward.”

The inaugural members of the Board of Visitors are:
  • Chris Beam, president and CEO, American Electric Power;
  • Greg Burton, executive chair, Encova Insurance/Motorists Insurance Groups;
  • Heidi Edwards, vice president, professional practice, chief nursing officer, CAMC Health;
  • Michael Flowers, counsel, director of diversity and inclusion, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC;
  • C. Edward Gaunch, cabinet secretary, West Virginia Department of Commerce;
  • Georgette George, CEO and executive team member, Monarch Holdings, LLC;
  • Jim Humphreys, attorney, James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C.;
  • Srini Matam, president and CEO, Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia;
  • Michael Moore, senior vice president, Solution HUB – Solution Architecture & Demand Intake, Truist Bank;
  • Sylvia Winston Nichols, Pittsburgh class action and complex litigation attorney, Jackson Kelly, PLLC;
  • Verl Purdy, CEO, Cadrillion Capital;
  • Booker T. Stephens, circuit court judge (retired), Eight Judicial Circuit;
  • Diane Strong-Treister, president and CEO, Manpower (West Virginia and Kentucky);
  • YLonne Swails, sales and cohort advisory, IBM Corporation;
  • Richard Wolford, financial advisor, Baird Private Wealth Management.
The board will meet twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Board members are appointed by the president of the university to three-year terms.

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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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