Concord University Board of Governors to Meet Tuesday, June 19—New Member Joins Board

For Immediate Release: 
Jun 06 2007

CONTACT: Sharon Manzo, Assistant to the President

Concord University Board of Governors to Meet Tuesday, June 19—New Member Joins Board

Athens, W.Va. - Concord University President Jerry Beasley announces that the Board of Governors will meet on Tuesday, June 19 at 10 a.m. in the Concord Room (Room 201), Marsh Hall, Concord University. An agenda will be available upon request five days prior to the meeting date.

New member, Lane Bailey, an alumnus of Concord will be sworn in by John R. Frazier, also an alumnus and retired judge for Mercer County. Governor Joe Manchin appointed Mr. Bailey to the institution’s Board of Governors.

Mr. Bailey is managing director for the southeast region of GolinHarris, which includes offices in the Washington D.C., Baltimore, Atlanta and Miami markets. He also serves on the GolinHarris executive management team, and is the worldwide director of public affairs.

He came to GolinHarris after enjoying more than 22 years of service to U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D) W.Va. He was one of Capitol Hill's most experienced and savvy staffers. For 12 years, Lane served as Rockefeller's chief of staff in Washington, where his principle focus was on job creation, health care, international trade and investment. Lane's role as head of the Rockefeller staff has given him a wide-range of experience on public policy issues, including taxes, trade, health care, technology, communications, product liability, aviation, transportation and a range of competitiveness issues.

Mr. Bailey has substantial experience in crisis management and communications, and has worked at GolinHarris in the areas of environmental litigation, health and safety, and regulatory affairs. His ability to look at issues with a fresh perspective and find common ground has been a major part of his work at GH.

He is also a senior communications trainer in GolinHarrris’ TrustCommunications program and coaches senior executives and policy leaders in media, speeches and message development. He has worked for a diverse set of clients such as Dow Chemical, NASA, Toyota, Weyerhaeuser, and American Legacy Foundation.

Today, Mr. Bailey serves on the board of directors and as vice president of the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute, a not-for-profit international research institute devoted to finding new drugs and diagnostics in the area of human memory. He is a member of the Washington, D.C., Board of Trade, National Foreign Trade Council and the U.S. Taiwan Business Council. He remains active in national and statewide politics, has a wife, Sharon, and two sons, Andrew and Matthew.

Minutes and information about board meetings may be accessed on the University’s web site, log on to, click on “Administration” then “Board of Governors.”

For more information, contact Ms. Sharon Manzo, assistant to the president, 1-304-384-5224 or


PHOTO: Mr. Lane Bailey

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.

In general, the intent of Senate Bill 653 and 703 is to diversify and expand the economy of the state, increase the competitiveness of the state’s workforce and the availability of professional expertise by increasing the number of college degrees produced to the level of the national average and significantly improve the level of adult functional literacy.

Effective July 1, 2001, an institutional board of governors was established as required by SB 653 and 703. The board of governors powers and duties generally include: determining controlling supervisions and managing the financial, business and education policies and affairs of Concord, developing a master plan, demonstrating how the master plan will be used, developing goals and missions, and other items as directed by the legislation.

The board of governors is comprised of 12 people including: nine members appointed by the governor, a full-time member of the faculty, a member of the student body and a member of Concord’s classified employees.

Members of Concord’s governing board are: Deborah Akers, Princeton, W.Va.; Lane Bailey, Washington, D.C.; James M. Brown, Beckley, W.Va.; Eugene V. Fife, Charlottesville, Va.; J. Franklin Long, Bluefield, W.Va.; Wayne Meisel, Princeton, N.J.; R. T. “Ted” Rogers, board chair, Hinton, W.Va.; Margaret Sayre, Beckley, W.Va.; student representative, Jesse Call; faculty representative, Darrin Martin; and classified staff representative, Amy Pitzer. There is currently one vacancy on the board.