The West Virginia University Alumni Association announced members of the 2005-06 board of directors during its annual meeting in May. The board also elected officers for the coming year and appointed five new board members.

Officers include: James C. Gardill of Glen Dale, chair; Douglas R. Van Scoy of Sullivans Island, S.C., vice chair; Todd Beckwith of Martinsburg, treasurer; and Joy Faini Saab of Morgantown, secretary.

We have a strong and vibrant board of directors who are dedicated to the Alumni Association and West Virginia University,Gardill said.We have many projects to address in the year ahead and we look forward to working with the University community to expand our services, extend our reach to our alumni and contribute to the overall success of WVU .

James Gardill

Gardill received his law degree from WVU in 1973. He is a partner in the law firm of Phillips, Gardill, Kaiser&Altmeyer and has been associated with the firm in commercial, tax and estate planning practice for approximately 32 years. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court and various federal and state courts. In addition to serving on the alumni board, Gardill is a member of the boards of directors of Wheeling Hospital, Inc., the Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center, Inc., the Reynolds Memorial Foundation, Inc. and Reynolds Memorial Healthcare System, Inc., The West Virginia Catholic Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Upper Ohio Valley. He formerly served on the board of directors of WesBanco Bank, Inc. and WesBanco, Inc. for 23 years, serving as chairman of the board for 13 years. Gardill will serve as chair of the Alumni Association through 2007.

Douglas Van Scoy

Van Scoy graduated from WVU with a bachelors degree in1966 and earned a masters degree in 1968. He spent much of his professional life on Wall Street. After 27 years of service, he retired as senior executive vice president of Smith Barney in New York, N.Y., in 2001. In that position he served as deputy director of Private Client Business and was a member of the Management Committee. His lasting commitment to WVU was the establishment of the Kennedy-Van Scoy Faculty Support Fund, an endowment for the WVU College of Business and Economics. He is past chairman of the board of the Galloway School in Atlanta, Ga., and past president of the Georgia Securities Dealers. He currently serves on the board of trustees at the University of Richmond and is a member of the board of directors of the BB&T Mutual Fund.

Todd Beckwith

Beckwith is senior vice president of City National Bank of West Virginia in Martinsburg. He received a bachelors degree from WVU in 1970. He has been a member of the Berkeley County Board of Education since 1994, serving as president from 1998-2000. He is currently serving his third elected term. Beckwith is past president of the Martinsburg Lions Club and is currently serving on the board of the United Way of Berkeley&Morgan Counties. He has served in various leadership and fund-raising capacities with the Boy Scouts of America. Beckwith is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Martinsburg and is currently chair of the Finance Committee. He served as president of the Eastern Panhandle WVU Alumni Chapter. He is active with the Eastern Panhandle Mountaineer Fan Club and the Mountaineer Athletic Club.

Joy Faini Saab

Saab received her bachelors degree from WVU in 1978, her masters degree in 1982, and her Ed.D. in 1987. She is an associate professor in the WVU College of Human Resources and Education, specializing in creative arts and early childhood education. Her expertise in this area has distinguished her as a notable and much sought after presenter at educational conferences throughout the United States, including the American Educational Research Association (AREA), the Association for Childhood Education (ACEI) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She has presented and published extensively for professional organizations such as AREA , ACEI, the Southern Early Childhood Association, the Moss Foundation for Arts and Education, and the Delta Kappa Gamma National Education Honorary. The College of Human Resources and Education honored Dr. Saab with the Outstanding Teacher Award in 1994 and again in 2002. She serves on the editorial board of the Association for Childhood Education International and the Moss Foundation for Arts in Education.

The board of directors appointed five new members to the board, including: Charles DavidCharlieBrown of Lake Oswego, Ore.; Nancy McCormick DiPaolo of Spring, Texas; Judge Robert B. King of Charleston; Michael Petruski of Charlotte, N.C.; and Michael Ellington of Grafton. The new appointees replace outgoing members: David Alvarez, Judge Irene C. Berger, James Herndon, Herman Moses and Alfred Ware.

Charles Brown

Brown, a native of Moundsville, is director of global footwear product integrity for Nike, Inc., where he oversees the strategic direction and global development for the companys product line. During his more than 24 years with the company, Brown has held numerous positions, including development manager for the team that created the first Nike Air Jordan basketball shoe and the first Nike cross trainer shoe. Most recently, he created and developed Nikes first global footwear product integrity organization. He also led the expansion of the China manufacturing operation base, helping the unit grow from 400,000 pairs of shoes per month to more than four million per month. While working in Guangzhou, China, Brown established the American Chamber of Commerce and served as the organizations first president. He is a 1980 graduate of the WVU College of Business and Economics and holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Nancy McCormick DiPaolo

DiPaolo, who received her bachelors degree from WVU in 1976, serves as the financial officer of JNDI Corporation in Spring, Texas. A native of Logan, she and her husband, Jed, serve as co-presidents of the WVU Alumni Associations Lone Star Chapter. In this position, she has helped to build alumni membership; coordinate activities, including the annual Shrimp Boil; encourage community service projects; and recruit prospective high school students. DiPaolo has been actively involved in developing networking and career opportunities for WVU graduates in the Houston area. She also chairs the Texas chapter of the WVU Parents Club. In 2004, DiPaolo was honored with the WVU Alumni Associations James R. McCartney Award in recognition of her unwavering commitment to WVU .

Mike Ellington

Ellington, of Grafton, is in his 27th year at WVU where he currently serves as interim assistant vice president of Student Affairs. He earned his bachelors degree in 1985 and a masters degree in 1991, both from WVU . In his current role, Ellington develops and supports WVU s goal of providing a safe haven for its students through standard, integrative and alternative programs, including the Jump Start program, WVUp All Night, FallFest and Festival of Ideas, among others. He is president of the Morgantown Rotary Club and serves on numerous professional organizations, including Phi Delta Kappa, the National Association of Auxiliary Services, the Association of College Unions International and the Committee on Multi-Ethnic Programs.

Robert King

Judge King was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1998 to serve as a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit. The White Sulphur Springs and Greenbrier County native earned a bachelors degree in 1961 and a law degree in 1968 from the WVU College of Law where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. Judge King was appointed U.S. attorney for southern West Virginia by President Jimmy Carter in 1977 and served in that position until 1981. He practiced law in West Virginia until his appointment to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, headquartered in Richmond, Va., in 1998. He is a member of the Federal Judges Association, the American Bar Association, the West Virginia State Bar and the Kanawha County and Greenbrier County Bar associations. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Judge King has served on the West Virginia State Bar Board of Governors and the Visiting Committee of the WVU College of Law. In 2003, Judge King was recognized with the Justitia Officium Awardthe College of Laws highest honor.

Michael Petruski

Petruski is a group executive with the Wachovia Capital Finance Division of Wachovia Bank N.A. in Charlotte, N.C. Prior to joining First Union Bank/Wachovia in 1996, he was a vice president with Citicorp for nine years in their leveraged finance division in New York . He also spent 13 years with American Can Company in Greenwich, Conn., in manufacturing, purchasing and as director of machinery sales. Petruski graduated from WVU in 1974 with a bachelors degree in biology and received a masters degree from Western Connecticut State University in 1981. He is president of the Charlotte Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association. He and his wife, Joan, serve as directors of the Kristen Foundation, a non-profit charity for families with missing and endangered adults over the age of 18. He is an active member of the Commercial Finance Association.

Also serving on the alumni board are: James J. Fagan of La Grangville, N.Y., past chair; C. Michael Fulton of Kensington, Md.; Michael S. Garrison of Morgantown; Phyllis Osenton of Logan; Shelia S. Price of Morgantown; James J. Rowe of Lewisburg; Joseph Wells of McMurray, Pa.; and Norman W. White of Madison.

The WVU Alumni Association, chartered in 1873, represents more than 160,000 University graduates residing in every county in West Virginia, every state in the union and approximately 60 foreign nations. With nearly 100 registered chapters and constituent groups, the Associations 26,000 dues-paying members support Homecoming Weekend, the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni and dozens of other social and philanthropic programs. For more information about the WVU Alumni Association, visithttp://alumni.wvu.edu/.