*Anne Ballard Ellison has been hired by Bowles Rice LLP as the law firm's new Human Resources Director. Ellison will work out of the firm's Charleston office and oversee staff hiring and personnel issues throughout the West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Virginia region.
Ellison recently served as an Assistant Attorney General in the state Attorney General's office. Before her work there, she was an associate with the Dinsmore & Shohl law firm in Charleston between 2005 and 2010.
* Matt Hayes has been hired by Marshall University as the school's new executive director of alumni relations. Hayes, 41, joined the university March 18, having previously worked for Wells Fargo Insurance.
A New Martinsville native and 1989 graduate of Magnolia High School, Hayes is a Marshall graduated from Marshall with a bachelor's degree in business management in 1994 and a master's degree in safety technology in 1997.
* Scott Crouch has been promoted to chief operating officer of Hurricane-based information technology firm Alpha Technologies. Crouch has been the firm's director of sales since March 2012 and has 20 years of sales and management experience in the IT, insurance and medical industries.
Alpha currently is expanding its services through the recent acquisition of a global data center formerly owned and operated by Union Carbide. In his new role, Crouch will spearhead a restructuring of all operations in every division of the company.