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CHARLESTON, WV -

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced May 22 that Karen Bowling of Beckley has been appointed Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, starting July 1.

Tomblin appointed Rocco Fucillo to the post July 1, 2012.

According to a news release from Tomblin's office, Bowling has been a nurse practitioner and a health care administrator as well as having served in leadership roles with the West Virginia Hospital Association and other community organizations.

She served as CEO of Raleigh General Hospital, and in May 2012 she was named dean of Mountain State University's School of Health Sciences, having spent time as an employee in MSU's nursing department.

MSU was a private university in Beckley that lost its regional accreditation in December 2012, and several of its programs were folded into the University of Charleston.

"I'm pleased Karen has accepted this opportunity to serve the people of our state," Tomblin said in a news release. "Karen's commitment to the health and well being of her community has been evident throughout her career and her community involvement – including her volunteer work as a Family Nurse Practitioner for the W.Va. Health Right Clinic."

Bowling also has served in leadership roles with the West Virginia Hospital Association and other community organizations, according to Tomblin's news release. She was born and raised in Wyoming County and was the first person in her family to graduate from college, according to Tomblin's office. She received her associate degree in nursing from Bluefield State College in 1977, received a bachelor of science in nursing from West Virginia University in 1983 and a master of science in primary health care/nursing from West Virginia University in 1990. She currently is working toward her Ph.D. in Education from Capella University.