Mercer County’s Judge Frazier Administers Oath of Office to Concord College Board of Governors Members

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 28 2003

Mercer County’s Judge Frazier Administers Oath of Office to Concord College Board of Governors Members

Athens, W. Va. - Concord College alumnus and The Honorable John Frazier, Judge of the Circuit Court of Mercer County administered the oath of office for the Concord College Board of Governors to two Mercer County residents, Dr. Deborah Akers and James L. Miller, on September 19. The Board members are also alumni of the College.

Judge Frazier received his B.S. in Business Administration from Concord College and his J.D. from West Virginia University School of Law. He proudly served in the U.S. Army, with overseas duty in Vietnam. He practiced law in southern West Virginia for nearly 10 years. He served in the State Legislature as a member of the House of Delegates, representing Mercer, Monroe and Summers counties. He was appointed to serve as Mercer County Circuit Judge by Governor John D. Rockefeller IV and later was elected to the same position. Judge Frazier’s wife, Brenda, is also a Concord graduate and a retired school teacher. They have one son, David.

Judge Frazier noted that, “I am grateful for the education I received at Concord College. My fellow students and I were blessed with outstanding professors and staff who took a personal interest in each of us and in our future plans.

My broad, liberal arts education at Concord was an excellent foundation for law school and my legal and judicial career. Any success in my life is attributable either directly or indirectly to the education and experiences I had at Concord.”

A Mercer County native, Dr. Deborah S. Akers serves as superintendent for the county’s public school system, which provides a quality education through 26 schools. She has served as assistant superintendent, administrative assistant, director of planning-research and evaluation, and personnel director for the school system. She has taught as adjunct professor for West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, Bluefield State College, Bluefield College and Concord College. She has affiliations with numerous educational associations, task forces and planning commissions. Some of the awards bestowed on Dr. Akers include: outstanding young educator, academic boosters hall of fame, distinguished citizenship award, woman of the year in West Virginia, outstanding alumnae from Concord College in 2002 and West Virginia Superintendent of the Year.

Dr. Akers stated that, “Serving on the Concord College Board of Governors presents many challenges and opportunities. Faced with tightening budgets, shortfalls in revenues and escalating costs, maintaining quality academic programs in a safe, secure environment is a tall order indeed. However, even though the challenges are tough, it is our duty to marshal all the resources possible to provide a high quality program for the students at Concord.

“I believe these are also opportunities within the scope of our duties. Closer relationships between the college and local school systems will help us reach our goals of providing quality educational opportunities for the people of our area.

“I look forward to working with the administration at Concord College and fellow members of the Board of Governors as we endeavor to reach these goals,” she concluded.

Mr. Miller is vice president-financial services, for First Community Bank, N.A., Trust and Financial Services Division. He is a graduate of Concord College and was honored as the “Outstanding Alumnus of the Year” by the College’s alumni association in 1991. He was an administrative officer for Burlington Industries, Greensboro, North Carolina, and a trust administration officer for the Flat Top National Bank of Bluefield. He served in numerous positions with One Valley Bank in Princeton, including president and chief executive officer. He also served in the United States Air Force. His civic and community activities include service on hospital boards, economic/education foundations, the chamber of commerce, academic boosters, and numerous other community organizations. He also presided over several banking associations. A native of Princeton, Mr. Miller and his wife, Sandra, are the parents of two daughters. They have five “wonderful” grandchildren.

Mr. Miller stated that, “Service on the Concord College Board of Governors is important because the Board can have a direct impact on Concord College students and the functions of the College. I consider the invitation to serve an honor, and I think it is important for all of us to serve the community in which we live.”

Concord President Jerry Beasley noted that, “Relationships with local business leaders are critical to not only our survival but more importantly—our success. We are fortunate that Concord alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professional careers have agreed to serve on our Board of Governors.”


PHOTO: Concord College Board of Governors members James L. Miller and Dr. Deborah Akers, The Honorable Judge John Frazier