CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Members of the state Higher Education Policy Commission on Wednesday named the last two members of a board that will oversee the West Virginia Education, Research and Technology Park in South Charleston.
Matthew Ballard, president and CEO of the Charleston Area Alliance, and Henry Harmon, founder of Triana Energy, will sit on the board. The nine-member board will be a private enterprise. Its members will market and develop the facility to potential users and also hire a staff to work at the research park.
Paul Hill, vice chancellor for science and research at the policy commission, said in April that some of the tech park's new tenants could be site-development and construction firms, new energy and technology companies, or businesses tied to the coal, chemical and natural gas industries.
Police Commission Chairman David Hendrickson and Vice Chairman Dr. Bruce Berry will join Hill and state higher education Chancellor Brian Noland on the board.
In late April, three other board members were approved at a meeting at the technology park: Ellen Cappellanti, an attorney at Jackson Kelly and a member of West Virginia University's Board of Governors; Charles Patton, president and chief operating officer of Appalachian Power; and Georgette Rashid George of the property company RidgeLine Inc.
HEPC officials may hire an executive director for the Education, Research and Technology Park within the next two weeks, HEPC spokeswoman Ashley Schumaker said. The position has already been posted.