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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.

B. Mitchel Blake, Jr., Ph.D. , Vice-Chair
(Democrat - Monongalia County, Morgantown, WV)
Appointed: Nov. 18, 2011
Coal Geologist and Manager, Coal Programs, West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey; Ph.D., Geology, West Virginia University, 2009; M.S., Geology, West Virginia University, 1997; B.S., Geology, Waynesburg University, 1976; former adjunct professor Fairmont University; current adjunct professor West Virginia University; current adjunct professor and instructor Pierpont Community and Technical College; numerous geological publications from 1977 to present.

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.

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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