CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed a new member to the West Virginia State University Board of Governors Friday, in addition to re-appointing two existing members.
Charleston attorney Paul Konstanty will join the board for an unexpired term.
Konstanty, a member of the law firm Steptoe & Johnson, is a graduate of the University of Charleston, and the Albany Law School at Union University in Albany, N.Y.
He represents clients in the areas of commercial transportation, long term care/nursing home litigation, insurance defense and construction law.
He is also involved in general representation of institutions of higher education.
"In a very short time, President Hemphill has illustrated to this community that he is very serious about moving WVSU forward as an affordable option for excellence in higher education in West Virginia. I'm very excited to be a part of the President's vision for the future of West Virginia State University," Konstanty said in a release.
John Thralls, a former interim chancellor and vice chancellor of administration for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, was re-appointed to a four-year term on the board.
Larry Salyers, a senior vice president with United Bank, was also re-appointed by the governor.
Other board members include Larry L. Rowe, Scotty White, William Lipscomb, Thomas Susman, Tom Guetzloff, Vincent Williams, Ann Brothers Smith, Millie Booker and Gary L. Swingle.
The next meeting of the board will be Jan. 24, 2013, on the WVSU campus in Institute.