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MORGANTOWN, WV -

Sarah A. Smith, who has worked at the State Capitol and in corporate affairs, has been appointed associate vice president for state and corporate relations at West Virginia University, effective Dec. 30.

Smith, a 2004 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, is the director of government and external affairs for Alpha Natural Resources. 

She also earned an MBA from the University of Charleston and is a summa cum laude graduate of Glenville State College with bachelor's degrees in history and political science.

Smith has served on the boards of Leadership West Virginia, the Bridgemont Community and Technical College in Montgomery, the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Women's Energy Network. She served then-Gov. Joe Manchin as deputy legislative director and special assistant in addition to being an adviser in the elections division in the Office of the Secretary of State.

Smith, who will reside in Charleston, will report to William H. Hutchens III, WVU's vice president for corporate and legal affairs and general counsel.

In other news at WVU, Neal Shambaugh has been named the new interim associate dean for academic affairs at the university's College of Education & Human Services. 

Shambaugh has spent 20 years teaching at the university level, including 15 within CEHS. At the time of his appointment, he was a professor of instructional design and technology in the Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development.

He also conducts research in the areas of developmental research, mental models, visual literacy, technology integration and professional development. 

Before joining academia, he worked as a radio announcer, developer of customized mining industry training programs and video producer. 

He holds an undergraduate degree in management science and a master's degree and a Ph.D., both in instructional systems design. 

Shambaugh will formally assume his new duties on Jan. 1 when Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Carol Markstrom goes on sabbatical.