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A look at the West Virginia Board of Education:

+ Jenny Phillips was initially appointed to the board by then-Gov. Bob Wise in 2005 following the death of longtime state board member Paul J. Morris of Kanawha County.

An Elkins resident who made her career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Phillips was reappointed to the board in 2007. She voted against the Nov. 15 firing of State Schools Superintendent Jorea Marple after just 18 months on the job and has said she’ll resign over the board’s action.

+ Morgantown native Priscilla Haden also was appointed by Wise. A former educator in Monongalia, Kanawha and Wood counties, Haden formerly served on the elected Kanawha County school board. She was married to the late federal judge Charles Haden.

She, too, voted against Marple’s firing and has vowed to resign in protest. Her appointment had been set to continue until November of 2013.

+ Lloyd Jackson, a lawyer lives in Lincoln County, was appointed to the board a year ago by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. A Hamlin native, he served as a state senator for 12 years, including a stint as state Senate Education chairman. He was out of town and missed the Nov. 15 meeting. Marple’s job performance wasn’t on the board’s stated agenda.

+ Wade Linger, a high tech entrepreneur who lives in Fairmont, was appointed to the West Virginia Board of Education by then-Gov. Joe Manchin in 2008 and elected its president in 2011. Linger is a native of Charleston who trained as a computer programmer in the Air Force. He earned a bachelor’s in business from St. Leo College in Florida in 1989.

He appeared to lead the Nov. 15 ouster of Marple and on the spot offered up the man he’d like to see her replaced by: Jim Phares, a former Marion County schools chief who now is superintendent in Randolph County.

+ Also voting to fire Marple: Robeert Dunlevy, a native of Ohio County who holds a degree in education from West Virginia University, who has served on the state board since 2005. He also serves on the School Building Authority and the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission. A sales manager by profession, he previously served on the Ohio County school board. He was appointed to the state board by Manchin.

+ William White, a former dean of Mountain State University’s School of Graduate Studies in Beckley, also voted to fire Marple. He also was appointed to the board by Manchin. He holds degrees or certificates from Bluefield State College, Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Harvard University. White’s appointment dates to November 2010.

+ Michael I. Green, a Morgantown retiree with a background in technology, joined the board in 2009 – another of Manchin’s appointees. Green, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and his master’s in numerical science from Johns Hopkins University, also voted to fire Marple.

+ Gayle Manchin is a graduate of West Virginia University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in language arts and education and a master’s in reading. She taught in Marion County schools and at Fairmont State University. She was appointed to the board in 2007 by her husband. She also voted to fire Marple.

+ The ninth seat on the board is vacant. Lowell Johnson’s term ended Nov. 4. He has described a “Manchin faction” on the board and said that had the issue come up when he was still in office, he would have voted against firing Marple. Johnson, a former educator from Greenbrier County, was appointed to the board in early 2004 by Wise.

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