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Justice Announces Education Appointments


Governor Jim Justice announced his choices Tuesday for open positions on the state’s Board of Education and School Building Authority. 

Miller Hall is a Beckley native who was a teacher and principal at Woodrow Wilson High School before working for the Raleigh County Department of Education, where he served as Assistant Superintendent of Support Services.

Barbara Whitecotton spent 18 years teaching in the classroom and 23 years in administration in Pendleton and Hardy counties, at one time serving as Hardy County’s superintendent.

Chuck Hatfield is also a retired educator. He spent 43 years working in the state’s public school system, serving as Putnam County’s superintendent until he retired in 2016.

Hall, Whitecotton and Hatfield will be sworn in at the state Board of Education’s February meeting.

Justice also named a new executive director of the West Virginia School Building Authority. Bucky Blackwell is a former member of the West Virginia House of Delegates and superintendent of Wyoming County Schools.