Gregory F. Wooten was appointed to the West Virginia Board of Education by Governor Jim Justice on December 1, 2023, to a term ending November 4, 2032. He is a native of Logan County, West Virginia. Mr. Wooten is currently serving as the Senior Vice President, Chief Engineer of GP Natural Resource Partners, LLC, a Houston, Texas-based master limited partnership with vast holdings of surface and mineral properties throughout the United States. Mr. Wooten joined Natural Resource Partners in 2007, serving in various management roles, including regional manager, vice president, and chief engineer. Prior to joining NRP, Mr. Wooten served as vice president, chief operating officer and chief engineer of Dingess Rum Properties, Inc., where he managed coal, oil, gas, and timber properties from 1982 until 2007.
Mr. Wooten also serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Engineer of Pocahontas Land Company, based in Bluefield, West Virginia. Mr. Wooten has more than 35 years of experience in the coal industry and land management. He has also worked as a planning and production engineer and is a member of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers. He also serves as the President of the National Council of Coal Lessors and is a board member of West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, and Montana Coal associations. He also serves on the board at Cabell-Huntington Hospital and has a long history of public service on both the county and state levels.
Mr. Wooten earned his BS in Mining Engineering from the University of Kentucky. He resides in Logan with his wife, Kim.