The WV Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the election of Ken Gray of Morgantown, pictured above, to serve as President for the 2017-18 fiscal year. 

       Ken, a Bar Foundation Fellow, achieved a successful career in the U. S. Army with many highlights, including being selected as the first African-American Judge Advocate General. Ken retired from the armed forces and was appointed as the Vice President for Student Affairs at West Virginia University, where he used his leadership skills to improve all aspects of student life for more than a decade. Now, in his second retirement, Ken is very involved in numerous community activities.

        Ken has previously served as the Secretary/Treasurer and Vice President of the Bar Foundation and plans to continue the growth and enhancement of the Justice Fund and the important Bar Foundation grants program.

         The Bar Foundation Board, consisting of two judges and thirteen lawyers, also elected Rich Ford, Jr. of Lewisburg as Vice President and Mary Clare Eros of Shepherdstown as Secretary/Treasurer. Both Rich and Mary Clare are also Bar Foundation Fellows.

          Congratulations to these three outstanding lawyer leaders!




     The Bar Foundation Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on June 1 with the overwhelming majority of its fifteen members participating, including one by international telephone conference call.

      The Board members reviewed and made policy decisions on financial matters, especially the 2017-18 budget, grant proposals, strategic planning, the Justice Fund and necessary service agreements for the coming year.

       During the Annual Meeting, the election of Board members occurred, as follows:


Mary Clare Eros-Shepherdstown-Second three year term Rich Ford, Jr.-Lewisburg-Second three year term Professor Marjorie McDiarmid-Morgantown-Second three year term Judge Alan Moats-Grafton-Second three year term Lucien Lewin-Martinsburg-First three year term







     The Bar Foundation wishes to express its utmost appreciation and gratitude to Kathy Santa Barbara of Martinsburg as she just completed the maximum total of six years of superb service and leadership as a valued member of the Board of Directors.

       Kathy, a Bar Foundation Fellow, has been heavily involved in Bar Foundation activities, particularly in the governance area. Her participation in numerous programs in the Eastern Panhandle community gave her insight into the effective utilization of Bar Foundation grants.

       Best wishes to Kathy in all her future endeavors!