Charleston, W.Va. — The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) today formally announced its newly-elected officers. Dr. Bruce Berry serves as Chair, Jenny Allen serves as Vice Chair, and Kathy Eddy continues to serve as Secretary. They were elected during a June special meeting. Friday’s regularly-scheduled Commission meeting will be the first led by the new officers. David Hendrickson has served as Chair for the past four years.
“Our new officers bring a wealth of diverse experience and a passion for moving West Virginia’s higher education system forward,” said Dr. Paul Hill, the Commission’s Chancellor. “I thank David Hendrickson for his years of forward-looking leadership as Chairman and for his continuing service to our higher education community. This is both a challenging and exciting time for higher education in our state, and we have a dynamic team at the Commission — led by Dr. Bruce Berry — steering the way.”
The Commission is responsible for developing, establishing, and overseeing the implementation of a public policy agenda for the state’s four-year colleges and universities.
Berry, 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 30 years, he was a private medical practitioner in Charleston. He also served as a clinical instructor, assistant professor, and associate professor at West Virginia University’s School of Medicine campus at the Charleston Area Medical Center, as well as clinical associate professor with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.
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 local economy that brings visitors from more than 36 states to the region each summer. She has been a trustee of North Country School in Lake Placid, NY, since 2006 and was as a member of the West Virginia Public Broadcasting Board from 2005-2010. She has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Theatre Communications Group.
Eddy is a shareholder in McDonough, Eddy, Parsons & Baylous, A.C., in Parkersburg. She has been active in her profession at the national level, serving as Chair of the Board of Directors of the 340,000-member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She has held all offices, including president, of the West Virginia Society of CPAs and the West Virginia Board of Accountancy.