CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The head of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce was named the newest member of the state Board of Education on Friday.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Tina Combs, of Berkeley County, to replace Jenny Phillips on the board. Phillips resigned earlier this month following the termination of state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple.
Combs has served as chairwoman for the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Board of Governors and as treasurer of the Berkeley County Business Education Partnership.
She also has served as president of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Executives and chaired the Region VII Workforce Investment Board.
Combs graduated from Mountain State University in 2004 with a bachelor of science degree in organizational leadership and development.
State Board of Education member Bill White, who had served as the founding dean of MSU's School of Leadership and Professional Development, was appointed to the board in 2010.
Mountain State's primary accreditation was recently revoked by the Higher Learning Commission, which cited a series of leadership problems at the school. The University of Charleston has since taken over operations at the Beckley and Martinsburg campuses.