HUNTINGTON -– Marshall University President Dr. Stephen J. Kopp has been elected chairman of the West Virginia Roundtable, an independent, non-profit and non-partisan business organization dedicated to creating a viable business climate in the Mountain State.

Kopp, who is in his seventh year as president of Marshall, has served as a member of the Roundtable since 2006 alongside educational, business and community leaders from around the state.

"I am honored to serve as chairman of the West Virginia Roundtable and I am excited by the vast array of opportunities before us," Kopp said. "The public policy initiatives advanced by our organization are targeted directly at the very heart of growing West Virginia's economy and our group of very talented leaders is committed to doing just that."

"The Roundtable has a legacy of distinguished leaders serving as its chair," said Paul Arbogast, president of the West Virginia Roundtable. "Dr. Kopp's vision and focus on the important issues facing West Virginia positions him to lead us successfully. I look forward to working with him as our new chairman."

Kopp will be joined by newly elected vice chairman Rick Slater, a Charleston certified public accountant and managing partner of Dixon Hughes Goodman. Slater, a Marshall University graduate, says he is eager to begin working in his new position.

"I am honored to be elected as the vice chairman of the West Virginia Roundtable and excited to work alongside Chairman Stephen Kopp," Slater said. "The Roundtable's diverse group of West Virginia's top CEOs affords business a tremendous opportunity to utilize unparalleled talent, experience and political influence in helping to shape the future of our great state."

Kopp succeeds chairman Dana Waldo, senior vice president and general manager of Frontier Communications, West Virginia.

The West Virginia Roundtable was developed in 1984 and seeks to create opportunity and wealth for all West Virginians.

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