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.
Dr. John Leon
John Leon, M.D., is the president of Radiological Physician Associates (RPA) headquartered in Fairmont. RPA is one of the largest radiology groups in West Virginia with 19 radiologists providing professional services to more than 30 hospitals and clinics across West Virginia. Dr. Leon joined RPA in 1988 and became president of the group in 2002. He also has served terms as president of the West Virginia Radiological Society, the Marion County Medical Association, and the Fairmont Field Club over the past 25 years. He currently is serving as secretary for the Fairmont Regional Medical Center Community Foundation. He was appointed to the Higher Education Policy Commission in January 2009 by then-Governor Joe Manchin.
Dr Leon is originally from Wellsburg and graduated from Brooke High School in 1976, Notre Dame University in 1980, West Virginia University Medical School in 1984, and completed a radiology residency at WVU in 1988. John and his wife Marcy live in Fairmont and have been married for 30 years. They have 4 children; Johnny, Camille, Isabella, and Joseph. Camille and Isabella are currently students at WVU. Johnny works at Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Joseph attends Fairmont Senior High School.
Michael J. Martirano, Ed.D., Ex-Officio
State Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Michael Martirano began serving as West Virginia’s 30th state superintendent of schools in September 2014. Martirano has been an educator for 30 years and has amassed a wide range of educational and administrative experience through his work as a science teacher, principal and visiting professor at John Hopkins University. Most recently, he served as superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools in Leonardtown, Maryland.
As a risk-taker and innovator, he consistently focuses his energy on improving academic success and building positive relationships. He was selected the 2009 Superintendent of the Year in Maryland and a 2010 Innovator of the Year by the Maryland Daily Record.
Martirano holds a Doctorate of Education degree in school management and instructional leadership from Nova Southeastern University, two Masters of Education degrees and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland.
Andrew A. “Drew” Payne III
Andrew Payne has worked in the financial industry for the past 30 years. He attended public school in Charleston, WV and graduated from George Washington High School in 1976. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1980 from Hampden Sydney College, and his MBA from George Washington University in 1985. Mr. Payne was a member of the Board of Governors at West Virginia University for nine years, serving three years as Vice Chairman and two years as Chairman.
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.