AB Board of Trustees and Governors announce change in leadership

The Alderson Broaddus University Board of Trustees and Governors announces the resignation of Chairperson Rebecca A. Hooman, effective June 30, 2023. James E. Garvin ’75 will assume the helm of the AB Board of Trustees and Governors.

“As Board Chair, I have become a distraction to the good work being done by AB’s administration,” states Hooman. “While I deeply appreciate the many statements of support and gratitude I continue to receive for my service, I don’t want to be an obstacle to progress. I, therefore, resign as Chair and member of the Board effective Friday, June 30. It has truly been an honor to serve my alma mater both as an Alumni Council member and a trustee over the past 18 years. I appreciate the many statements of support and gratitude for my service. I leave knowing that the Board is in capable hands as AB continues to navigate a challenging time in higher education.”

Garvin graduated with honors from Alderson-Broaddus College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He went on to earn a Doctor of Jurisprudence from West Virginia University College of Law in 1982. He has served in various roles within the legal profession for over 30 years, most recently with the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways. Before coming out of retirement to work with WVDT, Garvin handled commercial and industrial clients in acquiring and selling commercial properties throughout West Virginia for Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC, in Charleston.

Garvin’s career also includes twenty-five years of private practice work, as well as positions with Lovett, Vaughan, and Cooper and as the Assistant Attorney General, Office of the West Virginia Attorney General Counsel to the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles.