CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Tom Jones, former head of the West Virginia United Health System, has been appointed to the West Virginia University Board of Governors.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the appointment Friday. Jones will fill the unexpired term of former board member Charles Vest, who died in December.
Jones spent 11 years at United Health System, where he oversaw what eventually became the largest health system in the state, with hospitals in Morgantown, Clarksburg, Martinsburg, Ranson and Parkersburg.
Jones was inducted into the West Virginia Business Hall of Fame in 2012, and has served as chairman of the board of directors for the state Chamber of Commerce, as well as serving on boards for the state Higher Education Policy Commission and the American Hospital Association.
"Our colleges and universities unlock the potential of our young people by providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve greatness. Tom has been a committed public servant in his community and for the state of West Virginia," Tomblin said in a news release. "I'm pleased Tom has accepted this opportunity to serve on WVU's board of governors to help guide one of our state's finest institutions."
Jones, of Glen Dale, graduated from WVU's College of Business and Economics with a business administration degree and received a master's degree in hospital administration from the University of Minnesota.
Other WVU Board of Governors members include Rob Alsop, attorney at Bowles Rice in Charleston; Raymond Lane, former partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in California; William Nutting, of Ogden Newspapers in Wheeling; Edward Robinson, of E.L. Robinson Engineering; J.R. Rogers, partner at the Law Offices of J. Robert Rogers in Charleston; William Wilmoth, attorney at Steptoe & Johnson in Wheeling; Bridgeport resident David Alvarez of Energy Transportation LLC; Charleston resident Drew Payne, of Horse Creek Land and Mining Co., Spruce Boone Land Co. and Boone Coal and Timber Co., Thomas Flaherty, vice chairman for the board and a Charleston attorney; Ellen Cappellanti, board secretary and a Charleston attorney; Diane Lewis, board president and business owner in Morgantown; faculty representatives Lisa DiBartolomeo and Robert Griffifth and student body President Ryan Campione.
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