Two alumni with successful careers have been elected to the West Virginia University Foundation Board of Directors.

Marc Chini of New Canaan, Conn., earned two degrees from West Virginia University, receiving his bachelor’s in business administration in 1980 and a master’s in industrial relations in 1981. He is currently executive vice president and human resource leader for the Synchrony Financial business that went public in 2014, and is currently majority owned by GE. Prior to his employment at Synchrony Financial, he worked in multiple GE businesses, such as NBC Universal and Aviation, as vice president of human resources. Chini has spent more than 30 years as a human resources professional. He currently serves as chairman of WVU’s College of Business and Economics Industrial Relations Advisory Board, but will be relinquishing that role as he takes on his Foundation Board position.

Alexis Pugh of Winter Park, Florida, graduated from WVU in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is currently retired as owner of Lakeshore Advertising Consultants. She also has worked with agencies in Atlanta, Washington and Orlando. Pugh has more than 40 years of experience in advertising and public relations. She is active in community service and serves on a number of boards and committees, including the WVU Reed College of Media’s Visiting and Campaign Committees.

In other business, Gary R. Pell (‘73) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was re-elected board chairman. He is retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers after a distinguished career of more than 30 years with the company. Pell has been a member of the WVU Foundation Board of Directors since 2006.

Benjamin M. Statler (‘73, ‘09 Hon.) of McMurray, Pennsylvania., was re-elected vice chair. Re-elected secretary was Marcia A. Broughton (‘76, ‘79) of Clarksburg. James H. Chamberlain (‘69) of Thousand Oaks, California, will serve a one-year term as assistant secretary.

Directors re-elected to three-year terms include Susan Brewer of Morgantown; Marcia Broughton, Alison Deem (‘70) of Bridgeport; John Gianola (‘75) of Charleston; Peter Kalis (‘72) of Pittsburgh; Gary Pell, Robert L Reynolds (‘74, ‘07 Hon.) of Boston; and Douglas R. Van Scoy (‘66, ‘68) of Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina.

The board recognized outgoing board director Joan Corson Stamp (‘73) of Wheeling for her service and commitment to the Foundation. Stamp served 17 years on the WVU Foundation Board of Directors, including five years as assistant secretary.

Private funds donated through the WVU Foundation go to support student scholarships, faculty development, and academic programs and public services initiatives at WVU. The Foundation, in partnership with the University, is currently conducting A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The goal of the largest fundraising effort in the history of the University is to raise $1 billion by December 2017. As of June 30, donors have given $898.1 million to the Campaign. For more information, visit



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