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Martinsburg woman named to W.Va. Board of Ed

Tina Combs brings business and work force development experience to board

February 13, 2013
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday welcomed its newest member, Tina Combs of Martinsburg, W.Va., during its monthly meeting.

Combs, who replaces Jenny Phillips, will serve on the board until Nov. 1, 2016.

“I am honored to serve the children of West Virginia,” Combs said in a news release. “I accept this appointment with respect for the important work that lies ahead as we work together to prepare our children for their future.”

Combs brings business and work force development experience to the state board as the president and chief executive officer of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce. She also has served as chairwoman of the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Board of Governors and as treasurer of the Berkeley County Business Education Partnership.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and development from Mountain State University, as well as graduate certificates in community economic development from Virginia Institute for Economic Development at Virginia Tech and in nonprofit management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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“What an exciting time for Tina to join us as we work to reform our public schools,” West Virginia Board of Education President Wade Linger said in a news release. “Tina brings a wealth of practical business and workforce development experience. I am confident that her perspective on education issues will benefit the students of our state.”

The West Virginia Board of Education’s 12 members include nine citizens appointed by the governor and three nonvoting ex-officio members — the state superintendent, the chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the chancellor of the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education.

The West Virginia Board of Education is established in the West Virginia Constitution and is vested with general supervision of the state’s elementary and secondary schools. The board meets monthly to determine state policies and to establish the rules that carry into effect state law regarding education.

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