CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dennis Davis, former assistant superintendent for Kanawha County Schools, was sworn in on Tuesday as the newest member of the county Board of Education.
Davis replaces Bill Raglin, who died last month at the age of 76 following a short illness.
Not only does Davis -- who has served as the county's head of vocational education -- share Raglin's expertise in alternative technical pathways for students, but he also was good friends with Raglin.
Davis was even listed as "a special friend" in Raglin's obituary.
"I am proud that you have selected me this morning to take his place. I'm not Mr. Raglin, but I can assure you I will give it the Raglin try," Davis told the board Tuesday morning after unanimous approval.
"These are big shoes to fill and he cut a wide path through here, but it was all good and it was all positive ... . I take this responsibility seriously, and I assure you I will give you my best.
"I look forward to working with each of you to make our school system a vibrant, functional, responsive system which meets the needs of all students and all employees."
Davis will serve on the board for the remainder of Raglin's term -- through June 30 -- and said he does not intend to run for the full term in May.
"I'm only here to serve the remainder of Mr. Raglin's term, and I really can't speak to anything beyond that point," he said.
Davis, a lifelong resident of Institute, worked in the Kanawha County school system for nearly 30 years, first as a teacher at DuPont Junior High School in 1968, then at Benjamin Franklin Career & Technical Center and Garnet Career Center before moving to the central office.