Governor to Headline CU Fundraiser at The Greenbrier, Saturday, April

For Immediate Release: 
Feb 10 2008

CONTACT: Loretta Young, Executive Director, Concord University Foundation

Governor to Headline CU Fundraiser at The Greenbrier, Saturday, April 5

Athens, W.Va. – Governor Joe Manchin will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming “Fund for Concord” dinner, to be held at The Greenbrier, Saturday, April 5.

Joe Manchin III is West Virginia's 34th Governor. He was born and raised in the coal town of Farmington, West Virginia, where he learned at a very young age the value of commitment - commitment not only to his family, but to his community and neighbors as well. From his grandfather, an immigrant from Italy and the town grocer, he inherited a head for business, while from his grandmother, a virtual one-woman social services agency, he discovered his heart for people.

After attending West Virginia University on a football scholarship, he became a successful businessman. He was a member of the legislature from 1982-1996 and Secretary of State from 2000-2004.

Under his leadership, West Virginia has become "Open for Business." Working with the legislature, he has fixed the state's workers' compensation system, instituted insurance reforms, established the first comprehensive teacher pay package in over 15 years, decreased the state's debt, strengthened its ethics laws and reduced the food tax.

Governor Manchin currently serves as Chairman of the Southern States Energy Board; Chair-Elect for 2008 of the Democratic Governors Association; Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect of the Southern Governors' Association; Vice President of the Council of State Governments; and, the Chair of the Interstate Mining Compact Commission.

He is an avid pilot, outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman and motorcyclist. He has been married for 40 years to the former Gayle Conelly of Beckley. They are the parents of three children, Heather, Joseph IV and Brooke; and the proud grandparents of Joseph V, Sophie, Kelsey, Madeline, Chloe and Jack.

Tickets are $125 for individuals; tables for up to 10 persons are available for $10,000, $5,000, $2,500 and $1,250. The reception is set for 6:30 p.m. and the dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. The Concord Commanders will be performing “big band” selections. Those who attend will have an opportunity to stay at The Greenbrier at a reduced rate.

This is the eighth event at the luxury resort. Proceeds from the dinner (after expenses) will be used to enhance academic programs and enrich faculty and staff development opportunities.

For additional information, please contact the Concord University Foundation, P. O. Box 1405, Athens, W.Va., 24712 or e-mail


PHOTO: Joe Manchin