President, Glenville State University
Dr. Mark Anthony Manchin was born and raised in Farmington, West Virginia and attended public schools in Marion County. He attended Potomac State College where he was a member of the football team. In 1976, he completed his undergraduate studies at Fairmont State College. He received a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration at West Virginia University in 1982, and was conferred with the Doctorate of Educational Administration from West Virginia University with a minor in curriculum and instruction in 1986.
His educational career began when he was hired as a teacher in Greenbrier County in 1976. He then taught in Wood County from 1978 to 1982. He was named Coordinator of Services to Business and Industry and Staff Development with RESA III in 1982. In 1988, Dr. Manchin was elected to the West Virginia State Senate from Kanawha County. While in the Senate, he served as the vice-chair of the Senate Education Committee and chaired the Sub-committee on Tax and Revenue for the Finance Committee.
Dr. Manchin was named Superintendent of Webster County Schools in 1996. In 2001 he was selected by the State Board of Education to be the Superintendent of McDowell County which came under state control earlier that year. During that time, Dr. Manchin was also appointed to the West Virginia University Board of Governors and served on the Board in 2005 and 2006. Dr. Manchin has also served as vice president of the West Virginia Association of School Administrators. In early 2007, he was appointed by Governor Joe Manchin as Executive Director of the School Building Authority of West Virginia and served in that position until being appointed Superintendent of Harrison County Schools on July 1, 2014.
During his six years as the chief executive officer of the Harrison County Board of Education, Dr. Manchin oversawpersonnel actions for the approximately 1,500 employees of the district and managed a $150 million annual budget, among other items for the county board. In 2015 he was named Educator of the Year by the Clarksburg Exponent Telegram.
Dr. Manchin began his tenure as Glenville State University’s twenty-sixth President on July 1, 2020.
He was married to Virginia (Gigi) Manchin for 50 years before her untimely passing in July 2022. Dr. and Mrs. Manchin have five children - Crystal, Antonio, Kathleen, Tara, and Scarlett - and three grandchildren, Corey, Casey, and Antonio James III.