MORGANTOWN -- Stephen P. Goodwin, an attorney with the Charleston law firm of Goodwin & Goodwin, recently was elected chairman of West Virginia University 's Board of Governors.
Goodwin, a resident of Mount Alto in Jackson County , has served on the board for the past four years, most recently as vice chair. He is also past president of the WVU Alumni Association.
He earned both undergraduate and law degrees from WVU in 1969 and 1972, respectively, and said he considers it a privilege to serve his alma mater in this role.
"I am confident in the leadership that the Board of Governors has demonstrated in the past several years and the positive direction in which the Board continues to take our University," Goodwin said. "WVU has countless success stories and is an important part of history, not only for generations of my family, but for so many families throughout West Virginia and the nation."
WVU President David C. Hardesty said Goodwin is well positioned for the post.
"Steve Goodwin is well prepared to lead our Board of Governors. His familiarity with the work and traditions of WVU, and his dedication position him well to be an effective chair," he said.
WVU's BOG, established in July 2001, oversees the financial, business and education policies and affairs of WVU, including its Potomac State division, the WVU Institute of Technology, the Community and Technical College at WVU Tech and WVU at Parkersburg.
Goodwin is married to Ellen Goodwin, also a WVU graduate and the WVU Alumni Association's executive director of development, and they are the parents of daughter Aly Goodwin Gregg of Morgantown, a graduate of the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, and sons Carte P. Goodwin of Charleston and T. Ryan Goodwin of Alhambra, Ill.
Goodwin will assume the chairmanship of the 17-member board at the Sept. 8 meeting in Morgantown.
At its June meeting in Charleston, the BOG also elected Baltimore attorney Robert A. Wells, vice chair. Elizabeth E. Chilton, president and publisher of the Charleston Gazette, was re-elected secretary-treasurer.
"Robert Wells and Betty Chilton are outstanding contributing members of our Board, and we are well served by their leadership," Hardesty said.
The board also welcomed Linda Dickirson, a Jackson County educator and long-time community volunteer. Dickirson is the new chair of the WVU Parkersburg Board of Advisers and replaces Parkersburg banker Joe D. Campbell on the WVU governing panel.
"Linda Dickirson is well known as a state-wide advocate for the developmentally disabled, and is a strong volunteer for a variety of programs in her part of the state, including WVU Parkersburg. Her leadership skills and dedication will add to the effectiveness of the board," Hardesty commented.
Terms also expired for board members Rodney K. Thorn, NBA executive, and WVU Student Government Association President D.J. Casto.
Casto will be replaced by new SGA President Jason Gross of Morgantown ; Thorn's replacement will be named by Gov. Joe Manchin prior to the September board meeting.