Tina Combs, the newest member from Martinsburg, brings business and workforce development experience as the president and CEO of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce. She also has served as chairwoman of the Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Board of Governors and as treasurer of the Berkeley County Business Education Partnership. She has a bachelor's degree in organization leadership and development, as well as certificates in community economic development and nonprofit organizational management.
Michael Green of Morgantown has a background in technology and software development. Now retired, he has been an adviser, investor and board member for several privately held technology companies. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Boston University and a master's in numerical science from Johns Hopkins University. He is currently chairman of the board of Pittsburgh-based Landslide Technologies. He dedicates much of his time to working with early stage companies, investment groups and coaching entrepreneurs.
Lloyd G. Jackson II, a Hamlin attorney and businessman, brings 12 years of experience as state senator, which included a role as state Senate Education chairman. During his service, he was the lead sponsor of the Promise Scholarship legislation and comprehensive early childhood education, which created the Universal Pre-K program. West Virginia has repeatedly received national accolades for its preschool programs since the program's adoption.
Dr. William White of Bluefield brings higher education experience to the board as a university administrator and an adjunct professor. With degrees in chemistry, mathematics and leadership, he also brings experience as a research chemist and pharmaceutical company executive.
While there is no ideal model of a board member, and while each member serves with a unique style, background and perspective, our collective experience means West Virginia has a Board of Education ready to put its talent and insight to work for the children of our state. No matter outside influences, we are dedicated to remain on a path of ensuring the successful future of our children and our state.
Linger is president of the West Virginia Board of Education.