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Some WVU Board of Governors members' terms up soon

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The landscape of the West Virginia University Board of Governors could change soon, with some members' terms expiring in June.

Board members Diane Lewis, William Wilmoth and Dr. Thomas Clark's terms end June 30. Clark, who is in his second term, is not eligible for reappointment, while Lewis and Wilmoth are eligible, according to WVU spokesman John Bolt.

Most board members are appointed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. He does not appoint two faculty representatives, a classified staff member, a student representative or a board member from the Board of Visitors at the WVU Institute of Technology.

Lewis is the president and CEO of Morgantown-based company Action Facilities Management Inc. and recently was named the 2013 West Virginia Small Business Person of the Year.

Wilmoth is an attorney for Steptoe & Johnson in Wheeling and a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Neither Wilmoth nor Lewis returned calls last week about whether they would seek reappointment or not.

Clark is the retired vice president of corporate medical affairs at Mylan Pharmaceuticals in Bruceton Mills.

Neither Clark nor WVU officials would comment earlier this month about allegations that Clark used cocaine. He was evicted from a condominium in Florida last year over allegations that he used the illegal drug, according to court records. No known criminal charges were filed against Clark, according to a search of Palm Beach County Court records.

Tomblin representatives did not provide any indication of the governor's plans for representatives on the WVU board.

Lesley Cottrell, one of the board's faculty representatives, also completes her two-year term on June 30. Cottrell is the vice chairwoman of pediatric research at WVU and will be replaced by Lisa DiBartolomeo, current chairwoman-elect of the school's Faculty Senate.

DiBartolomeo is a professor of world languages, literatures and linguistics with a focus in Russian and Slavic studies.

Later this week, a vote will be taken to choose the board's classified staff representative. Dixie Martinelli, who is again eligible for appointment and is running for re-election, currently holds the position. Martinelli is an office administrator for the agricultural and natural resources unit of the WVU Extension Service.

Student government president Ryan Campione will replace the outgoing student body president, Zach Redding, as the student representative.

Terms begin on July 1 and run through June 30 of the expiring year.

Board members whose terms end in 2014 include: David Alvarez, president of Bridgeport-based MEC Construction; Thomas Flaherty, Charleston attorney and the board's secretary; Drew Payne, the board's chairman and president of Payne Gallatin, Horse Creek Land and Mining Co., Spruce Boone Land Co. and Boone Coal and Timber Co.; and faculty representative Robert Griffith, a professor in the WVU School of Pharmacy.

Board members with terms ending in 2015 include: Charleston attorney Ellen Cappellanti; James Dailey, president of Martinsburg-based W. Harley Miller Contractors Inc.; and William O. Nutting, vice president of Ogden Newspapers Inc. in Wheeling.

Members whose terms end in 2016 include: James Rogers, senior managing partner at the Law Offices of J. Robert Rogers in Charleston; Charles Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering and president emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Raymond Lane, managing partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in Menlo Park, Calif.

Edward Robinson, president of Charleston-based E.L. Robinson Engineering and chairman of the Board of Visitors for WVU Tech, serves as a non-voting member of the board.

Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.mays@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4814.


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