CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Delegate Tom Campbell, D-Greenbrier, will become the newest member of the state Board of Education, pending confirmation by the state Senate.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Campbell, a former Education Committee chairman, on Monday effective immediately.
Campbell, 51, is retiring from the Legislature after serving 16 years in the House of Delegates. He most recently served as the vice chairman of the House Finance Committee and also worked on the education subcommittee.
"I'm excited and grateful for this appointment. Education has become more of a passion of mine the more I've been around our young people. I want to make a difference in young people's lives, and ultimately the state as a whole, economically," Campbell said.
"We have great educators and great students, but we need to get deeper. We need to get more people educated and more people prepared for life when they leave their public education.
"I have talked to the board president [Wade Linger] briefly, but it sounds like the board is committed to having a vision to make that happen," he said.
Campbell, an accountant and the chief financial officer of Carson Associates Inc., in Lewisburg, is replacing former board member Lowell Johnson, whose term expired Nov. 4.
State Board of Education members serve nine-year terms.
Campbell also represented West Virginia on the Southern Regional Education Board and has worked with the Read Aloud program for 15 years.
Campbell enters the Board of Education at a controversial time. Since the board voted to fire state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple last month, its members and their actions have been under fire.