n Larry Batten and Nikki Bowmar have joined the U.S. Small Business Administration's West Virginia District Office as economic development specialists. Bowmar also will serve as public information officer and will be responsible for handling all media inquiries. Batten, a Lewis County native, has more than 12 years of experience in site management. He earned a bachelor's degree in business and business analysis from Bellevue University. Bowmar was brand manager for MedExpress Urgent Care. A West Virginia native, Bowmar earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from West Virginia University.
n Greg Jenkins of Bright Side Home Inspection, Charleston, was honored by the American Society of Home Inspectors for five years of membership in the organization.
n Karissa McDonald has joined Alpha Technologies as an account executive. A 2004 graduate of Marshall University, McDonald has more than five years of experience in information technology sales, including cabling, networking and security.
n Corey Farris has been named West Virginia University's dean of students. Farris received a bachelor's degree from WVU in business administration in 1981. Three years later, he graduated with a master's degree in student personnel from Ohio State. Prior to this appointment, Farris was the director of Housing and University Apartments at WVU from 2005 and the assistant dean of students under the Office of Student Conduct. Farris has served as WVU's interim dean of students since the division was reorganized in September 2010. He has been with the University since 1991.
COMPILED BY GEORGE HOHMANN