Dr. Bruce Berry, Chair
Bruce Berry, M.D., of Morgantown, recently retired as the medical director at Colombo & Stuhr, P.L.L.C. where he oversaw risk management and quality assurance. For nearly thirty years, Dr. Berry practiced medicine at a private practice in Charleston. Dr. Berry also served as a clinical instructor, clinical assistant professor, and clinical associate professor at West Virginia University’s School of Medicine campus at the Charleston Area Medical Center. In addition to his work with WVU, Dr. Berry served as a clinical associate professor with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Berry graduated with an A.B. in biology, M.S. in embryology, and a M.D. from West Virginia University.
Jenny Allen, Vice Chair
Jenny Allen, of Shepherdstown, served as vice chair of the $26 million Create the Future campaign for Shepherd University, the institution’s first comprehensive fundraising initiative. She is currently the president of the board of the Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd, a significant driver of the Eastern Panhandle economy that brings thousands of visitors to West Virginia each summer. From 2005-2010 she was a member of the West Virginia Public Broadcasting Foundation board. She has been a trustee of North Country School and Camp Treetops in Lake Placid, NY, since 2006. Ms. Allen earned a B.A. from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., an M.A. from the University of Georgia, and recently completed the Executive Certificate program in Nonprofit Management at Georgetown University.
Kathy G. Eddy, Secretary
Kathy G. Eddy, CPA is a shareholder in McDonough, Eddy, Parsons & Baylous, A.C., located in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Ms. Eddy joined the firm in 1974 and became a shareholder in 1981. She is a graduate of Marshall University with B.A. in accounting. She became a Certified Public Accountant in 1978. She has been active in her profession at the national level, serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the 340,000 member professional organization, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She was awarded the AICPA Gold Medal for Distinguished Service.
In addition to her service to her profession at the national level she has served the accounting profession in West Virginia including the West Virginia Society of CPAs and the West Virginia Board of Accountancy by holding all offices, including President of both organizations. Until her recent appointment to the Higher Education Policy Commission she was a member of Marshall University’s Lewis College of Business Board of Advisors and the Accounting Curriculum and Accreditation Committee. She is the recipient of the Marshall Distinguished Alumni Award and a member of the Lewis College of Business Hall of Fame. She has been involved in many community organizations and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of Camden Clark Memorial Hospital.
Michael J. Farrell, Esq.
Michael J. Farrell is the Founding Member of Farrell, White & Legg, PLLC, a Huntington law firm. He graduated from Marshall University in 1969 with a B.S. He graduated from the West Virginia University College of Law with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1974. He served as Interim President of Marshall University in 2005. Cumulatively, he served eleven years as a member of the Marshall University Board of Governors and its predecessor, Marshall University Advisory Board.
At Marshall, he also served as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. As a Marshall student, he was Student Body President, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a Distinguished Military Graduate and the First Student Member of the President’s Cabinet. He also served as MARCO, the school mascot. At the WVU College of Law, he served two terms on the Visiting Committee including a year as Chairman. As a law student, he was an oralist on the 1973 National and World Champion, Jessup International Law Moot Court Team. He was Senior Class President, a member of law review and served as Chief Justice of the Moot Court Board as well as Captain of both the National and International Moot Court Teams. He is a member of Mountain, WVU’s Ranking Men’s Honorary.
Kay H. Goodwin, Ex-Officio
Secretary of Education and the Arts
Kay Goodwin, of Charleston, was appointed Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Education and the Arts in 2001 by Governor Bob Wise and reappointed by Governor Joe Manchin III and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. In addition to serving on the Commission, she serves on the West Virginia Film Commission, the Prepaid Tuition Fund Board of Trustees and the Professional Staff Development Advisory Council. She is co-chairman of the Center for Professional Development Board, chairman of the West Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, co-chairman of the West Virginia Council on Civics Literacy, and the Governor’s designee to the Educational Broadcasting Authority. She is a member of the WV Humanities Council and the Workforce Planning Council, lifetime member of the Governor’s Honors Schools Advisory Council, member of the Board of Advisors for WVU’s Blaney House, and serves on the HB 3009 Workforce Development Initiative Committee. She is the former chairman of the EPSCoR Advisory Council and is a current member of the Science and Research Council.
Named a Distinguished West Virginian, WVU’s Outstanding Alumna, and recipient of the WVU President’s Distinguished Service Award, she was inducted into the WVU College of Human Resources and Education Hall of Fame in 2008.
Charles K. Heinlein, Ex-Officio
State Superintendent of Schools
Charles K. Heinlein is West Virginia’s 29th state superintendent of schools, assuming the role on July 1, 2014.
As superintendent, Heinlein oversees West Virginia’s public school system, which includes 55 individual school districts, serving about 282,000 students in preschool through 12th grade with an operating budget in excess of $2.5 billion.
He received his bachelor’s degree in social studies at West Virginia Institute of Technology and taught social studies in the middle and high school levels for 13 years. Heinlein did graduate work in political science at West Virginia University and Curriculum and Instruction at Salem College. He completed his Masters of Science in Educational Leadership at the University of Dayton and served in three West Virginia high schools as the Principal for 20 years. He has worked as a consultant in 35 counties in West Virginia and for the Appalachian Systemic Initiative through the Appalachian Regional Comprehensive Center in Leadership Development.
During his career Heinlein has been recognized as a Milken Educator in 1996 and a Leader of Learning in the State of West Virginia in 2001. He served as a state representative to the National Assessment Governing Board regarding increasing NAEP scores in the senior year of high school.
David K. Hendrickson, Esq.
Immediate past Chair of the Commission, David K. Hendrickson is the Founding Managing Partner of Hendrickson and Long, P.L.L.C. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, and Juris Doctorate from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1982. He is a veteran, leaving active duty after completing a four-year tour of service as a Captain in the United States Army. Mr. Hendrickson is a new inductee into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has also been recognized by several national publications including Chambers, USA, Best Lawyers in America, and Litigation Magazine in the area of Corporate Litigation.
While at West Virginia University, Mr. Hendrickson served as the student body president and was the second ever student voting member on the West Virginia Board of Regents. He is a past national president of the West Virginia University Alumni Association and was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, 2004. Mr. Hendrickson served as the legal correspondent to the Charleston, ABC affiliate, WCHS-TV and conducted a news segment titled “The Legal Pad.” He currently serves on the Boards of several charitable, civic and social organizations.
Dr. John Leon
John Leon, M.D. was born in Steubenville, Ohio and grew up in Wellsburg, West Virginia. He attended the University of Notre Dame in South end, Indiana, where he played varsity football and received a BA in Psychology. After receiving his MD from West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, he completed an internship and residency. Dr. Leon is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology with Special Competence in Nuclear Medicine. He joined Radiological Physician Associates in July of 1988 and now serves as president of the corporation. He is also Chief of Radiology at Fairmont General Hospital and is past president of the Marion County Medical Society.
Clarence Pennington, Ex-Officio
Chair, WV Council for Community and Technical College Education
Clarence (Butch) Pennington is a lifelong resident of Martinsburg and is chief operation officer of several small businesses across Berkeley County. Mr. Pennington is president of the West Virginia Gasoline Dealers and the Automotive Repair Industry. He is also chairman of the West Virginia Retailers and Wholesalers Alcohol Beverage Committee. He has served on the Berkeley County Planning Commission and chaired numerous civic and charitable activities. He served in the West Virginia 167th Air National Guard Unit from 1968 to 1975 and has been active in local and state politics. Mr. Pennington was awarded as the West Virginia State Democrat of the Year in 2002. He graduated from local schools and attended Shepherd University.
Gary G. White is the President and COO of International Resource Partners, LP, a subsidiary of James River Coal Company. He previously served as President and CEO of International Industries, Inc., President and CEO of the West Virginia Coal Association, Manger of Underground Mining at Amherst Coal Company, and Corporate Training Coordinator at Island Creek Coal Company. He is a member of the Board of Directors of United Bankshares, Inc., a member of the Board of Advisors of West Virginia Media Holdings, LLC, member (and immediate past chairman) of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Coal Association, member of the Board of Directors of the Marshall University Foundation, and member of the Board of Directors of the Larry Joe Harless Community Center Foundation, Inc.
A graduate of Marshall University, he also is former member and past chairman of the Marshall University Board of Governors, former member of the Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. Board of Directors, former member of the RAG American Coal, Inc. Board of Directors, former member and vice president of the West Virginia Board of Education, former member of the University of Pikeville Board of Trustees, and former Director of Transition for Governor Cecil Underwood.