Alumni Notes

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Robert Lee Bolton III '11

Robert Lee Bolton III '11, has been appointed to fulfill the unexpired term of Taylor County Magistrate James Leonard Lucas. Bolton graduated with honors from Grafton High School. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2011 with a double major in Political Science and History.  He then attended Wake Forest Law School where he earned a Juris Doctor Degree. He was the co-founder of  the campus political newsletter, The Nolton, which continues today.

Toni DeVore '72

After retiring from Wood County Schools in 2010, Toni DeVore '72 accepted a position at Ohio Valley University to become the Chair of their School of Graduate Education.  She now teaches two online M.ED. classes each semester and an undergraduate education class about curriculum or technology.  She has also taken up bagpiping and participates with the Pipes and Drums of St Andrew.

Karen Friel '93

Karen Friel has been named the Small Business Administration's West Virginia District Director. Friel has worked for the federal SBA for seven years in various positions including, administrative officer, business development specialist, lead business development specialist and most recently deputy district director and acting district director. The West Virginia district headquarters are located in Clarksburg and there is some support staff in Charleston as well.

As West Virginia district director Friel will be responsible for the delivery and leadership of the organization’s financial and business development programs throughout the state. Prior to joining the SBA, Friel worked as a commercial loan processor for 10 years at multiple banking institutions in West Virginia. She attended Fairmont State University and has degrees in marketing, management and business administration.

Judy McCauley '61

Judy McCauley retired on September 30 as the West Virginia district director and small business advocate for the U.S. Small Business Administration. McCauley is a native of West Virginia, currently residing in Fairmont with her husband, Matt. She earned her bachelor's and associate's degrees from Fairmont State University.

Matt Swain'06

FSU's Deputy Chief Matt Swain '06 was among the 215 law enforcement officers who graduated on Dec. 19, 2014, from the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va.

The 258th Session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 49 states. Included in the class are members of law enforcement agencies from the District of Columbia, 26 countries, three military organizations and four federal civilian organizations.