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West Virginia Archives and History Commission

Fredrick H. Armstrong*, Charleston
Tommy Bailey, St. Albans
Dr. Melissa Bingmann, Morgantown
Tracy L. Burch, Culloden
Laura Carroll, Wheeling
Robert S. Conte, White Sulphur Springs
Nat DeBruin, Huntington
Joseph N. Geiger Jr.+, Charleston
Victor R. Greco, Wheeling (chairperson)
Darlene Hassler, Harpers Ferry
Hannah Law+, Morgantown
Dr. Charles Ledbetter, Scott Depot
Charles Morris III+, Charleston
Audy Perry, Huntington
Susan Pierce+, Charleston
Nathan J. Randolph, Huntington (vice chairperson)
Randall Reid-Smith+, Barboursville
J. Logan Smith +, Elkins
Darla Spencer, Charleston
Dr. David Trowbridge, Huntington


* ex officio voting member
+ ex officio nonvoting member

The Archives and History Commission serves as a citizen advisory board to the Department of Arts, Culture and History. Commission members are appointed by the governor.

Specific activities of the commission include providing guidance to the commissioner and agency directors in the establishment of state plans for the Archives and History Section, the Historic Preservation Section and the Museum Section; approving and distributing grants-in-aid and awards from federal and state funds; encouraging and promoting the purposes of the agency; approving rules concerning the professional policies and functions of the agency; and advising and consenting to the appointment of agency directors by the commissioner. The commission also reviews and approves nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. (WV Code §29-1-5)       

West Virginia Commission on the Arts

Appointed Members
Dr. Mickey Blackwell – Elkview
Shir Wooton – Beckley
Jack Thompson – Morgantown
Dr. Bernie Schultz – Morgantown
Jerry Rose – Beckley
Cindy McGhee - Charleston
Charles Mathena – Princeton
Margaret Mary Layne – Huntington
DeEtta King Hunter – Lewisburg
Susan Hogan – Wheeling
Rebecca A. Deem – Vienna
David A. Tyson – Huntington
Zachary Abraham - Wheeling
John Strickland – Charleston
Holly Kleppner – Inwood

Ex-Officio Nonvoting
Arts Section Director, Lance Schrader

The West Virginia Commission on the Arts serve as an citizen advisory board to the Department of Arts, Culture and History. Commission members are appointed by the governor.

Specific activities of the commission include providing guidance to the commissioner and agency directors in the establishment of a state plan for the Arts Section; approving and distributing grants-in-aid and awards from federal and state funds; encouraging and promoting the purposes of the agency; approving rules concerning the professional policies and functions of the agency; and advising and consenting to the appointment of agency directors by the commissioner. (WV Code §29-1-3)

Capitol Building Commission

Appointed Members
Architect, David Marshall - Charleston
Registered P.E., Jenelle Armstrong - South Charleston
General Public 1, Greg Barton - Ellenboro
General Public 2, Michael Price - Wheeling
Commissioner of Culture and History, Randall Reid-Smith - Charleston

Nonvoting Members
Senate Appointee, Steve Harrison
House Appointee, Lee Cassis
Supreme Court Appointee, Gary Johnson
Secretary of Administration, John Myers

The Capitol Building Commission reviews and approves or rejects all plans for substantial physical changes to the grounds and buildings of the State Capitol complex, including the Capitol, the Culture Center, state office buildings and the Governor’s Mansion. Commission members are appointed by the governor. (WV Code §4-8-1)

Records Management and Preservation Board

Appointed Members
Assessor, Mark Musick - Morgantown
Circuit Clerk, Betsy Castle - Kingwood
County Clerk, Diana Cromley - Point Pleasant
County Commissioner, Jack Woodrum - Hinton
Historical/Genealogical Society Rep, Betty Lou Harmison - Berkeley Springs
Prosecuting Attorney, John Bennett - Logan
Real Estate/Mineral Title Attorney, Vacant
Sheriff, Chuck Zerkle - Huntington

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS
Randall Reid-Smith, Commissioner of Culture and History (Chairman)
Joseph Armstrong, Interim Administrative Director, Administrative Office of the Supreme Court of Appeals
Joshua Spence, Director, Governor's Office of Technology

The Records Management and Preservation Board was created to establish a system of records management and preservation for county governments, including grants for making records management and preservation uniform throughout the state. The board also is to conduct a study of the records management and preservation needs of state executive agencies. Board members are appointed by the governor. (WV Code §5a-8-15)