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New Board of Governors members honored to be appointed, ready to serve Marshall

Executive Editor

Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 21:08

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed seven people to Marshall University’s Board of Governors.

Of the seven appointed to the board, four are new members. They are Christie Kinsey of Lavalette, Phil Cline of Huntington, James Bailes of Huntington and Tim Dagostine of Charleston.

Kinsey, a financial adviser with Northwestern Mutual, attended Ohio University and The Ohio State University, but has been involved with Marshall through the School of Medicine and her association with Cabell Huntington Hospital where she served as a board member.

Though new to Marshall’s Board of Governors, Kinsey was a member of Huntington Junior College’s Board of Governors for 20 years.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and I think it’s a real privilege,” Kinsey said. “I think Marshall University is the hub of this community.”

Cline, an active member of the Marshall and Huntington communities, was student body president in 1955, and more recently served as president of the Alumni Association. He also served as interim president of Alderson-Broaddus University (then Alderson-Broaddus College) in 2010.

Cline said he has a keen interest in higher education and is pleased to be appointed to the board and included in the company of the other new members.

“I was very happy and I was very thankful that the governor had seen enough in me to ask me to serve on the board,” Cline said. “I hope to have valuable input into whatever items come before the Board of Governors. I’ll certainly learn and listen and try to do the best that I can.”

Bailes is an attorney with Bailes, Craig and Yon, PLLC and is a 1960 graduate of Marshall. He said he values Marshall’s importance and is honored to be a part of the board.

“I’m very proud of my education at Marshall and very mindful of its importance to the community and the state of West Virginia,” Bailes said. “I considered it a distinct privilege and a serious responsibility. I really believe Marshall is extremely important to our area and I think higher education is a very important aspect to the state of West Virginia and one that deserves our attention and full support.”

Dagostine is a division manager with Chamption Industries, Inc. and a 1996 graduate of Marshall. He said he and his wife, Ramona, also a Marshall graduate, have a deep interest in the success of the university.

“Obviously, it’s an honor to be selected and appointed by the governor,” Dagostine said. “I’m looking forward to serving with the other members.”

Dagostine said he is pleased to have the opportunity to serve Marshall and become more involved with his alma mater.

Kinsey, Cline, Bailes and Dagostine will be sworn in with the other three appointees during the board’s next meeting, which is Tuesday, Aug. 27 in the Memorial Student Center’s Shawkey Room.

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