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The West Virginia Environmental Quality Board is composed of five members who are appointed by the Governor for five-year terms. Members must be "persons who by reason of previous training and experience are knowledgeable in the husbandry of the state's water resources and with at least one member with experience in industrial pollution control."

Edward M. Snyder, Ph.D., Chair
(Democrat - Jefferson County, Shepherdstown, WV)
Appointed: June 30, 1989
Professor of Environmental Studies and Chair, Institute for Environmental Studies, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia; Ph.D., Geology, University of Illinois, 1984; M.S., Geology, Eastern Washington University, 1973; B.S. and B.A., Eastern Washington University; West Virginia Professor of the Year, 2010.

Charles C. Somerville, Ph.D., Member
(Independent - Cabell County, Huntington, WV)
Appointed: Nov. 18, 2011
Dean, College of Science and Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Marshall University; Ocean Science, United States Coast Guard Academy; B.S., Microbiology, Pennsylvania State University, 1978; Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Maryland, 1989.

Marybeth Winters, Member
(Republican - Raleigh County, Beckley, WV)
Appointed: April 30, 2018
Principal/Sr. Permit Consultant, Marshall Miller & Associates, Inc.; B.S., Mining Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2001; M.B.A., West Virginia University, 2008; Registered Professional Engineer in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

William H. Gillespie, Member
(Democrat - Kanawha County, Charleston, WV)
Appointed: Aug. 16, 2005
Retired Director of West Virginia Division of Forestry and State Forester; former Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture; former State Director of Plant Pest Control; former Professor for the Department of Geology and Geography, West Virginia University and current WVU adjunct professor; served as consulting paleobotanist U.S. Geological Survey; served as President of West Virginia Academy of Sciences and numerous other associations; Registered Professional Forester in West Virginia; Owner of Gillespie Forestry Services.

1 Vacancies - Pending Appointment
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