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 Former chief of architectural services for the West Virginia School Building Authority, David Sneed, has been appointed executive director of the West Virginia School Building Authority.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin made the announcement June 30, and said in a statement Sneed has “played a key role in developing a number of planning mechanisms currently used by educational planners and architects in West Virginia.”

Sneed served as chief of architectural services for the WVSBA from 1990 through 2012, when he left to work in the private sector as director of educational planning services for Project and Construction Services Inc. of Charleston. Prior to 1990, Sneed served as director of school planning for Kanawha County Schools and also helped to create guidelines and procedures for the WVSBA in 1989.

Tomblin also made five appointments to the SBA: Tom Lange of Jefferson County, Eric J. Lewis of Jefferson County, Victor L. Gabriel of Harrison County, Robert E. Holroyd of Mercer County and Chris Morris of Kanawha County.

Sneed, a graduate of West Virginia State University, received the Council of Educational Facility Planners’ President’s Award for Outstanding Educational Planning, according to a news release from Tomblin’s office.

“I am very pleased to be returning to the School Building Authority, and I appreciate the governor’s confidence in selecting me for this important job,” Sneed said in a news release. “I look forward to working with the governor, the Legislature and the authority members again, but most importantly the superintendents around our state as they develop new projects for funding consideration.”

Sneed will replace Mark Manchin, who accepted a position as superintendent of Harrison County Schools after seven years at the post.