April 28, 2015
Each year, the State Journal , the business journal publication in West Virginia, recognizes young professionals throughout the state who exemplify just what it means to be a Mountaineer in Generation Next: 40 Under 40. The annual publication recognizes the state’s youthful leaders in business, education and other industries.
The 2015 class of Generation Next included a member of the B&E family, a 2001 graduate of the Master of Science in Industrial Relations program, Justin Schooley. Through his community service initiatives and his position as associate superintendent of human resources for the Berkley County Board of Education, he illustrates just how much he deserved the honor in his hard work, passion and dedication to the state and educating future leaders.
“Even though I’m not in the classroom, I am able to have an impact on the guidance and education of 19,000 students in Berkeley County because I have influence on who is hired – the cooks, teachers, janitors and more that interact with these students on a daily basis,” Schooley said.
Each year, the State Journal puts out a call for nominations and Manny Arvon, Superintendent of the Berkeley County Board of Education, nominated Schooley because of his work ethic and professionalism.
“Justin is an outstanding young talent who is at the top of his field – HR. His reputation – he is well-respected at the local and state levels,” Arvon said. “We hire about 200 teachers per year. The most important job we have in education is putting great teachers in front of our students. He organizes and develops teams to accomplish that.”
Schooley began with Berkeley County Board of Education in 2001 as a Safe and Drug Free Schools Specialist, and in his current role the B&E alum controls several functions, such as day-to-day operations, conflict resolution, certification issues and all areas of the employment process. Prior to this, Schooley could be found in the classroom.
“I was a substitute teacher for a year, but I felt that I needed to broaden my skills. I was extremely interested in HR, and I felt that the MSIR degree would complement my educational background,” he said.
Schooley has spent his 37 years in West Virginia, the place he is grateful to call home. The Preston County native demonstrates his merit and commitment to his home state by giving back to his community as an event volunteer for Court Appointment Special Advocate of the Eastern Panhandle and the Washington County Community Free Clinic.
“Growing up in West Virginia and in 4-H, these shaped who I was as a young person,” Schooley said. “I feel that it’s only right to give back to the programs and the state that helped to make me a leader, win this award and shaped the person I am today.”