Steve 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, who lives in Mount Alto in Jackson County , has been 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.
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.
WVU's BOG, established in 2001, oversees the financial, business and education policies and affairs of WVU.
On the board
"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. 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."
On being chair
"It's very humbling. I owe everything I have and am to West Virginia University. To be able to give back to WVU in some way is very gratifying.
"I think being an attorney is helpful in almost everything. Seeing both sides of an issue helps come to an answer."
On West Virginia
"It's heading in the right direction under outstanding leadership."
On drawing business to the state
"Revisit the tax structure, continue to improve education to provide an even better prepared workforce, and get leaders to start emphasizing the positives instead of the negatives about the state."
On other jobs
If I were not a lawyer, I would be "a teacher at the high school or college level."
On his favorite movie
"'Christmas Vacation.' It's funny time after time and any time of year."
On his perfect day
"A big opening-day victory in football this year."
Goodwin will assume the chairmanship of the 17-member board at the Sept. 8 meeting in Morgantown.