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The Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce announces Dr. William “Bill” Bissett has been named the President and CEO of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce. Bissett was selected following an executive search after former President Cathy Burns accepted a position as City Manager of the City of Huntington. He will begin serving as Chamber President on Nov. 1, 2016.
Bissett is currently serving as the president of the Kentucky Coal Association, and was formerly the Chief of Staff/Senior Vice President for Communications at Marshall University. “Bill brings great institutional knowledge of Huntington, and excellent experience in leading an association,” said Maribeth Anderson, Chair of the Huntington Chamber. “Most importantly, he understands the potential of this region. We’re thrilled to be able to bring his talent back to Huntington.”
“Huntington is my hometown and it’s always great to come back home,” said Bissett. “While I have a lot to learn about this region and the economic opportunities and challenges that exist here, I look forward to this challenge and plan to do my best, not only for the Chamber’s membership, but also for the West Virginians who call Cabell and Wayne Counties home.”
A native of West Virginia, Bissett earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Marshall University, in addition to receiving his commission in the United States Army. His volunteer work includes the Marshall University W. Page Pitt School of Journalism & Mass Communications Advisory Council, the Society of Yeager Scholars Board at Marshall University, Tamarack Foundation for the Arts, and Teach for America-Appalachia Board. He and his wife, Lara, have two daughters, Molly and Maggie.
As president, Bissett will work closely with the Chamber’s Board of Directors, and will formulate and administer policies and programs relating to the Chamber and its mission. David Graley will continue to serve as interim President in transition. The board of directors expresses its appreciation to Graley for his service. “He has been absolutely the right person at the right time,” Anderson said.