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December 29, 2015 at 5:23 pm

Political Science Alum Named Chief Justice of WV Supreme Court of Appeals

Ohio University alum Menis Ketchum ’64 is serving his second term as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, reports the Logan (WV) Banner.

Justice Menis Ketchum

Justice Menis Ketchum

Ketchum earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University.

CHARLESTON — Menis Ketchum will become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia on Jan. 1, 2016. He also served as Chief Justice in 2012.

Chief Justice Ketchum was elected to a full twelve-year term on the Supreme Court on Nov. 4, 2008.

He was born in 1943 in Huntington, raised in Wayne County and educated in Wayne County public schools before attending Ohio University in Athens. In college he played varsity baseball and was a member of the 1964 Mid-American Conference Championship Baseball Team.

Read more in the Banner at Ketchum to be Chief Justice in 2016.

The Herald Dispatch also published “Ketchum ready to be chief justice once again.”

Although Ketchum accepted the rotating role of chief justice, he said his real passion in his justice role is working on judicial research and writing.

“It’s a big headache because the chief administers the court’s 1,500 employees and manages the court’s $134 million budget,” he said. “In other words, the chief handles all the court’s problems on a day-to-day basis.

Read more in the Herald Dispatch.

And the Charleston Gazette-Mail wrote, “Ketchum to be next chief justice of WV Supreme Court.”

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