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Gov. Tomblin appoints Tina Combs to WV Board of Education

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Tina H. Combs to the West Virginia Board of Education on Friday.

Combs will replace the spot vacated by Jenny Phillips, who resigned from the board earlier this month. Phillips was one of two members who dissented when the board voted to fire former superintendent Jorea Marple in November.

"With education as one of my top priorities, I believe it's vital to have the best State Board of Education possible, and today, I appointed a new member who I believe will serve our children well," said Gov. Tomblin in a press release. "Tina has a longstanding record of service to our state's education system, and I believe her many years of leadership and community service will be a major asset to the State Board. I look forward to working with Tina and the rest of the State Board as we work together to ensure our children are prepared for successful careers in a 21st century economy."

Combs has served as President and CEO of the Martinsburg- Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce. She was the chairwoman of Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Board of Governors, and she has worked as the treasurer of the Berkeley County Business Education Partnership. She has also served as the president of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Executives and was a chairwoman of Region VII Workforce Investment Board.

Combs, who lives in Berkeley County, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and Development from Mountain State University. She also earned a Certificate in Community Economic Development from Virginia Institute for Economic Development at Virginia Tech, and a Certificate for Nonprofit Organization Management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.