Commissioners


Michael Farrell
Michael J. Farrell, Esq., Chair

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 bachelor of science degree, and went on to the West Virginia University College of Law where he received a doctorate of jurisprudence in 1974. He served as interim president of Marshall University in 2005. Cumulatively, he served 11 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.


Bob Brown, Ex-Officio

Bob Brown, who is employed in the Office of the President for the American Federation of Teachers, resides in Charleston. Brown is Senior Vice President of the WV AFL-CIO; Chair of the WV Public Employee Grievance Board; a Commissioner for the Malden Public Service District; and serves as a member of the WV Workforce Investment Council, Teachers Retirement System Committee of the WV Investment Management Board, and the WV Attorney General’s Citizen Advisory Committee. A Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam war, Brown was educated in Kanawha County public schools, West Virginia Institute of Technology, and West Virginia University.


W. Clayton Burch, Ex-Officio

State Superintendent of Schools

Clayton Burch was appointed by the West Virginia Board of Education as the 32nd State Superintendent of Schools on February 21, 2020. Burch has served in both teaching and educational leadership positions for over 25 years.  His educational experience stretches from early childhood education to postsecondary educational leadership.

Burch has advocated for the well-being, engagement, and lifelong achievement of all West Virginia children in grades pre-k through 12.

His strong commitment to the state’s educational leadership structure is coupled with his ability to understand and utilize systemic, organizational thinking.  Burch has exemplified a commitment to ensure consistency, communication, and achievement as well as quality programming and resources for all educational stakeholders.

In 2018, Governor Jim Justice appointed Burch as Acting Cabinet Secretaries to both the Department of Education and the Arts, and the Department of Commerce, in addition to maintaining all duties associated with the job of Associate State Superintendent.


James Dailey
James Dailey

James W. Dailey, II is Chairman and Treasurer of W. Harley Miller Contractors, Inc., where he started with the company 47 years ago as an estimator, and progressed through to project manager, chief construction engineer, vice president, and executive vice president. His construction experience has afforded him the honor and privilege of being involved in a vast array of building projects throughout his career.

Dailey is a past president, officer and director of the Contractors Association of West Virginia, as well as of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Cumberland Valley Chapter. He has served as a member of the board of trustees for the Construction Education Foundation. Dailey is a past chair of West Virginia University Board of Governors and past gubernatorial appointee of West Virginia University Board of Governors. He is a past gubernatorial governor appointee to the West Virginia State Building Commission, and a current gubernatorial appointee to the Public Employees Insurance Agency, Finance Board and Trust Fund. He is a current mayoral board member appointee to the Building Code of Appeals Board for the City of Martinsburg.

He was a major (retired pilot) with the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard. He is a 32nd Degree Master Mason of Equality Lodge No. 44 of Martinsburg and the Osiris Shrine Temple in Wheeling. He is a member of the Christ Reformed Church, United Church of Christ.


Diane Lewis
Diana Lewis Jackson, Secretary

Diana Lewis Jackson is a graduate of Fairmont State University and holds two degrees in accounting and banking. She is the Founder, President and CEO of Action Facilities Management, Inc. (AFM), located in Morgantown. Lewis Jackson has successfully grown her company to be a premier government and commercial contract firm specializing in site management, security services, maintenance and janitorial, equipment operations, consulting, staffing solutions, and project management.

Lewis Jackson currently serves on the West Virginia University Hospital Board, the Visiting Committee for the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, and is a former member of the West Virginia University Board of Governors. Lewis Jackson has received countless awards/commendations for her dedication and leadership principles.


Dale Lowther

Dale Lowther is a retired accountant who resides in Parkersburg. He served two terms as a member of the Marshall University Board of Governors.


Drew Payne
Andrew A. “Drew” Payne III, Vice Chair 

Andrew Payne has worked in the financial industry for the past 30 years. He attended public school in Charleston, 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 M.B.A. from George Washington University in 1985. Payne was a member of the Board of Governors at West Virginia University for nine years, serving three years as vice chair and two years as chair.


Donna L. Schulte

Donna L. Schulte is an accountant who resides in Princeton.