Raleigh County’s Judge Burnside Administers Oath to Concord Board of Governors Members

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 09 2003

Raleigh County’s Judge Burnside Administers Oath to Concord Board of Governors Members

Athens, W. Va. – Concord College alumnus and The Honorable Robert Burnside, Judge of the Circuit Court of Raleigh County administered the oath of office for the Concord College Board of Governors to two Raleigh County residents, Margaret Sayre and James M. Brown, on September 19. The Board members are also alumni of the College.

Margaret Sayre is a native of Beckley and attended schools there. After marriage and raising a family she returned to college as a non-traditional student and received a Regents Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1984 from Concord College. She was appointed a member of the Concord College Board of Advisors in 1991. She has served on the boards of numerous civic organizations in Beckley. She is a past president of the Board of Trustees of the Raleigh County Library and was a member of the State College Board of Directors from 1996 until 2000. She and her husband, Robert, a Beckley attorney, are the parents of two grown children. They have five grandchildren.

"I believe that serving on the Board of Governors of Concord College is important because it gives laypersons the opportunity to become more knowledgeable about the issues and problems facing higher education in West Virginia, and also provides an opportunity to support the college in its important mission of providing a quality education to students, particularly those from southern West Virginia," stated Ms. Sayre.

James M. Brown is a graduate of West Virginia University College of Law. Mr. Brown is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Appeals of the State of West Virginia, the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, the United Stated District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and is currently representing clients in tort and insurance litigation throughout the State of West Virginia. He is managing member of Brown & Levicoff, P.L.L.C. Mr. Brown is a member of the American Bar Association and numerous professional organizations and associations. He has served as a member of the faculty of the University of Virginia Institute of Trial Advocacy since 1985 and is a recipient of the William J. Brennan, Jr. Award from the University of Virginia School of Law.

“I believe that it is important for all of us who benefit so much from our society to give back to that society the contributions, not only of money, but also time and effort,” stated Mr. Brown. “I know of very little one could give that would be more important than the effort to assist in the education, particularly for our young people.

“Concord College, which I attended from 1963 through 1965, has always been an outstanding institution affording an opportunity to all who are willing to make the effort for an outstanding experience, not only for education, but also for personal growth and maturity. To the extend that I am able to serve Concord College, I consider it an honor and a rewarding experience.”

Judge Burnside graduated from Concord College in 1970 with a degree in English, and afterward from the West Virginia University College of Law in 1977. He became a Circuit Judge in 1988. He is a member of the West Virginia State Judicial Association and is an inactive member of the West Virginia State Bar Association. He has taught college-level courses and is a member of a jazz ensemble. He is a proud father and grandfather.

Judge Burnside stated that: “Concord was and is, by some measures, a small college … a little place. But it introduced me to a huge world of literature, history, philosophy, and music, and thanks to some really great teachers my fascination for those things continues to this day.

“Concord offers degrees in various fields of study, but it also offers something vastly more significant. It gives its graduates the ability to appreciate and enjoy the really important things in life.

“Concord has a tradition of high standards. We are here today to entrust those standards to two persons whom I have known for many years. I have every reason to believe that these two persons will carry on that tradition as they discharge the duties they are about to accept.”

Concord President Jerry Beasley: “The College is fortunate to have alumni like Judge Burnside, Ms. Sayre and Mr. Brown who strongly support our goals and mission. We are deeply grateful to have such extraordinary people serving the College.”



(1) Judge Burnside congratulates James M. Brown after administering the oath of office for the Concord College Board of Governors.

(2) Judge Burnside and Concord College Board of Governors Chair Margaret Sayre

(3) Ms. Sayre, Judge Burnside, Mr. Brown