Wheeling’s Sean Duffy Named to W.Va. Library Commission

Gov. Jim Justice has appointed Sean Duffy of Wheeling as the West Virginia Library Commission’s newest member.

Duffy will serve a four-year term ending June 30, 2021. He will serve as one of the commission’s representatives from the 1st Congressional District, succeeding David Dalzell Jr., who retired after nine years on the commission.

Duffy is the executive director of the Wheeling Academy of Law and Science.

He is a former programming, publicity and archives coordinator at the Ohio County Public Library, and holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master of business administration degree from Wheeling Jesuit University and a law degree from American University.

The commissioner is the author or co-author of several books on local Wheeling history: “The Wheeling Family: A Celebration of Immigrants and Their Neighborhoods,” “Wheeling: Then and Now” and “The Wheeling Family: Volume 2 — More Immigrants, Migrants and Neighborhoods.” He also edited and co-authored “Legendary Locals of Wheeling” with Brent Carney and numerous local writers.

In 2010, Duffy was named a “History Hero” by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Currently, he serves as a member of the West Virginia Independence Hall Foundation.

The library commission consists of nine members who are appointed by the governor. Each of the state’s three congressional districts are represented by three members on the commission.

The current members of the library commission include: Charles A. Julian, Mary Bland Strickland and Duffy in the 1st District; chair Betty Gunnoe, Debra Sullivan and Katy White in the 2nd District; and David Nalker, Connie Shumate and Dennis Taylor in the 3rd District.

The commission holds its next meeting at 10 a.m. Nov. 17 at the Culture Center in Charleston.

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