State Superintendent of Schools

A. Stanley Maynard, Ph.D.

Dr. A. Stanley Maynard is the most recent member of the West Virginia Board of Education, having been appointed by Governor Jim Justice in November 2020. His 52 years in the field of education include elementary, secondary and higher education experience. He served as a professor of literacy and science education at Marshall University for 35 years. He currently serves as Executive Director of the June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development.

Dr. Maynard is a dedicated advocate for providing positive educational opportunities for all students. His various collaborative school reform programming at the June Harless Center includes STEM, early childhood education and early literacy initiatives.

As an advocate for the educators, children and families of rural West Virginia, he has spent the last 20 years working with school districts to provide them with support to address educational challenges and improve the equity of educational opportunities for the children of West Virginia.

Dr. Maynard is a West Virginia native from Holden in Logan County. He attended Virginia Tech for his undergraduate degree and later received a master’s degree in science and public health from the University of North Carolina. He earned a second master’s from Marshall University and his doctorate from Ohio University.

Before beginning his career in higher education at Marshall University as a faculty member in 1980, Dr. Maynard taught at the secondary level and coached basketball at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia and taught at the elementary level in West Virginia.

He presently serves as interim pastor at Madison Avenue Christian Church and resides in Huntington with his wife, Barbara, who also is an educator. They have two sons, Dr. Arthur Stanley Maynard, III, a Radiologist in Greensboro, NC and Dr. Michael Travis Maynard, a professor and Associate Dean at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. They have 5 grandchildren.