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HUNTINGTON, WV -

Brandi D. Jacobs-Jones, director of administration and finance for the City of Huntington since 2007, has been selected senior vice president for operations at Marshall University.

She will take over the role from Karen Kirtley, senior vice president for administration, who is retiring at the end of this month.

Jacobs-Jones will begin her duties at Marshall May 12.

During her years with the city, Jacobs-Jones has served three mayors, providing oversight and management to a number of municipal departments, including finance, human resources, information technology and purchasing.

She has managed a number of multi-disciplinary initiatives including River to Rail and the city's component of the West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Pilot Program. She also has served as acting public works director, with responsibility for the divisions of building maintenance, street, floodwall, traffic engineering, motor pool and inspections and compliance.

Prior to working for the city, she served four years as the outreach coordinator/development officer for Ebenezer Medical Outreach Inc. in Huntington. In that job, she managed health education outreach programs and was responsible for the agency's volunteer recruitment and management, fundraising, human resources and marketing functions.

From 2001 to 2003, she was a housing and urban development fellow at Eastern Kentucky University.

Jacobs-Jones earned a master's degree in public administration from Eastern Kentucky and a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall.

She has been the recipient of numerous honors, including being named to The State Journal's "Generation Next: 40 Under 40" in 2012 and the West Virginia Women's Commission's 2010 Lena Lowe Yost Award for Women in Public Service.

She won the U.S. Department of Justice Award for Public Service in 2009 and the Neighborhood Institute Community Service Award in 2005.

She also has been named the Mountain State Bar Association Citizen of the Year and served as president of the university's Student Government Association.

She also has served as a member of the adjunct faculty of Marshall's Department of Political Science and is a member of the boards of directors of the Huntington Urban Renewal Authority, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Tri-State and the Child Development Academy at Marshall.

In other news at Marshall, Debra Hart has been appointed to the West Virginia Advisory Committee by the U.S. Commission on Human Rights.

Hart serves as the university's director of equity programs.

This is her second term on the advisory board following her initial two-year appointment in 1996.

The U.S. Commission is an independent, bipartisan, fact-finding federal agency with the mission to inform the development of national civil rights policy and enhance enforcement of federal civil rights laws.

The West Virginia committee has formed three working groups to review issues affecting local communities and citizens of the state.

Before coming to Marshall, Hart worked in equal opportunity and civil rights issues for more than 26 years. She served as director of the West Virginia Equal Employment Opportunity Office during Gov. Cecil H. Underwood's administration and worked closely with the Legislature, serving on several committees including one focused on equal pay for women.

West Virginia is part of the U.S. Commission's Eastern office, which includes 13 eastern states and the District of Columbia.