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3 appointed to WV State Board of Governors

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Two members of the West Virginia State University have been re-appointed to the school's Board of Governors, and a new member has been selected to fill an unexpired term.

Dr. John Thralls, a former interim chancellor and vice chancellor of administration for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, has been re-appointed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to a four-year term on the board. Thralls is now retired.

Larry Salyers, a senior vice president with United Bank, has also been re-appointed by the governor. 

In addition to his service on the WVSU Board of Governors, Salyers is on the Regional Advisory Board of the College Summit, a national organization that works in low-income areas to increase college-going rates.

Joining them on the board to complete an unexpired term is Charleston attorney Paul Konstanty.

A graduate of the University of Charleston, and the Albany Law School at Union University in Albany, N.Y., Konstanty is a member of the law firm Steptoe & Johnson.

Konstanty represents clients in the areas of commercial transportation, long term care/nursing home litigation, insurance defense, and construction law. He is also involved in general representation of institutions of higher education.

Konstanty has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America®, published by Woodward/White, Inc.

He has been with Steptoe & Johnson since 2003 after previously working as an assistant county attorney in Otsego County, N.Y., and having his own practice in Oneonta, N.Y.

Konstanty currently serves on the board of directors of the West Virginia Trucking Association and is also a board member of FamilyCare Inc.

"With these appointments, Gov. Tomblin has positioned West Virginia State perfectly to move forward with our renewed commitment to excellence, accountability and being student-centered in every thing we do," said WVSU President Dr. Brian O. Hemphill. "The Board of Governors is integral to our success at State and I look forward to working with this team as we continue to build and grow this University into a first-choice option for the higher education of West Virginians."

Established in July 2001, the Board of Governors provides oversight to WVSU on policy issues and affairs. The board meets at least six times a year.

The next meeting of the board will be Jan. 24, 2013, on the WVSU campus in Institute.