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Governor Underwood to Speak at Bluefield State College on December 9

West Virginia Governor Cecil Underwood will speak at Bluefield State College, December 9, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Basic Science Auditorium. The Governor's topic will be "Technology in Higher Education." His appearance at BSC comes in response to an invitation extended by students in BSC professor Jerry Corley's "Principles of Marketing" class. The public is invited to attend. Underwood became the youngest governor in the history of West Virginia when he was elected in 1956 at the age of 34. In 1996, he was elected the 32nd Governor of the State, taking office January 13, 1997. A former chair of the State College System Board of Directors, Underwood has taught school at both the high school and college levels. Earlier this year, he was elected chairman of the Southern Technology Council, a division of the Southern Growth Policies Board. He is also chair-elect of the SGPB and is scheduled to serve as chairman for 1998-99. Governor Underwood served as chairman of Morgantown Industrial/Research Park Inc., a company formed to bring high-tech industry and employment to central West Virginia. He is a past president of the Software Valley Foundation and a former vice president for Monsanto Corp. and Island Creek Coal Co. Students involved in the project that led to the invitation for the Governor to visit BSC include Lewis LaRue, Angela Allen, Chris Williams, Jeff Mills, Tiffany Thomason, Courtney Simpkins, and Frankie Gattuso.