Secretary of State Betty Ireland to Speak at Concord University on the Importance of Voting

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 28 2005

Secretary of State Betty Ireland to Speak at Concord University on the Importance of Voting

Athens, W.Va. - Secretary of State Betty Ireland will be speaking on Monday, April 11, 2005, at 2 p.m. in the McNair Room (A320), located on the third floor of Marsh Hall. The Secretary will be speaking about her “Voting Is Powerful” initiative, the “Help America Vote Act,” the future of voting and youth participation in the election process, starting a business in West Virginia, and her duties as Secretary of State.

Betty Ireland is West Virginia’s 28th Secretary of State, and the first woman in the history of West Virginia to be elected to the state’s executive branch of government.

The first female ever appointed to serve on the City of Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals (1985-1986), Secretary of State Ireland was later elected to serve on the Charleston City Council as an at-large representative (1987-1991). She served as a citizen expert on the Public Safety Retirement Task Force of the Joint Legislative Committee on Pensions and Retirement (1991-1992). She also served as executive director for the West Virginia Consolidated Public Retirement Board (1998-2001).

Educated and trained to be a teacher, Secretary of State Ireland taught for several years in the West Virginia public school system. Her endeavors eventually took her to the business world where she was owner of Retirement Systems and Services. She was vice president and head of the pension division in the Trust Department of the National Bank of Commerce in Charleston. In 1989, she moved to Jackson and Kelly PLLC and, in 2002, became president and CEO of Jackson and Kelly Solutions LLC.

A Charleston native, Secretary of State Ireland is married to Sam Haddad, a Whitesville, W.Va., native. They are the parents of four children: Chuck, Andy, Alex, and Janie.

The Secretary’s visit is hosted by the Republican Club, a student organization at Concord University. For more information, please contact Roman Stauffer at


PHOTO: West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland

CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

Roman Stauffer, chair of the Republican Club, wrote this press release. His hometown is Princeton, W.Va.