The WVU Alumni Association has approved the nominations of three graduates to serve on the national board of directors for five-year terms from 2002-2007.
In accordance with the Alumni Associations constitution and by-laws, Todd M. Beckwith,70, the Hon. James J. Rowe,72, and Michael S. Garrison,91, were selected by a committee of current board of directors members. Elections for nominated candidates will be held during the WVU Alumni Associations annual business meeting in May.
If approved, they will succeed Stephen P. Goodwin of Mt. Alto, current president of the WVU Alumni Association; Richard A. Pill of Martinsburg; and William T. McLaughlin II of Alpena, who will be completing their terms in office.
Todd M. Beckwith
Beckwith, of Martinsburg, received his bachelors degree from WVU in 1970. He is an active member of his local alumni chapter having served numerous positions of leadership in the Eastern Panhandle Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association and the Mountaineer Fan Club. Beckwith is senior vice president of the Eastern Region for City National Bank. He is a long-time member of the Berkeley County Board of Education having served as a former president of the organization.
Beckwith and his wife, Barbara, a WVU graduate from the class of 1972, have two children, Ellen and Andrew, an incoming WVU freshman. Beckwith will serve as the West Virginia District 4 representative for a five-year term.
James J. Rowe
The Hon. James J. Rowe of Lewisburg received his bachelors degree from WVU in 1972 in addition to being awarded a law degree from George Mason University. He currently is presiding over the Greenbrier judicial circuit. Prior to his present role, Judge Rowe was a partner
in the law firm Haynes, Ford and Rowe. Judge Rowe is a member of the steering committee of the Greenbrier Valley Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association and was a former member of the West Virginia House of Delegates.
Rowe and his spouse, Sharon, who received her masters degree from WVU in 1972, are the parents of two daughters. Judge Rowe will serve as the West Virginia District 5 representative for a five-year term.
Michael S. Garrison
Garrison, of Charleston, received his bachelors degree in 1991 from WVU followed by a degree from the College of Law in 1996. He currently serves as chief of staff for Gov. Bob Wise.
Garrison formerly worked as a lawyer with the Charleston office of Steptoe and Johnson. Garrison served as WVU student body president in 1991-92. He is an active member of the Kanawha County Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association.
Garrison and his wife, the former Heather Malone, a 1995 graduate of WVU , reside in
Charleston. He will serve as the West Virginia at-large representative for a five-year term.