Ernest White appointed as Director, West Virginia Miners' Health, Safety, and Training

Nov. 6, 2018: Ernest E. White was appointed as the Director of West Virginia Miners’ Health, Safety, and Training (MHST) by Gov. Jim Justice on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. White succeeds Greg Norman, who retired. Norman started working for MHST in 2006. White joined MHST in 2007 as Inspector at Large for Region 3. He has held several leadership positions at the agency. In 2017, he was appointed as the MHST Deputy Director. A third-generation miner, White is a native of West Virginia. He has forty-five years of coal mining experience, including working in underground coal mines after he graduated from high school. White worked for steel and coal companies in numerous positions, including coal drill operator, roof bolter, shuttle-car operator and safety committee chairman. His professional certifications include underground coal miner, mine foreman, gas instructor, and mine rescue. He has been a Member of the State Mine Emergency team for fifteen years. Also, Governor’s Office officials announced on Nov. 2, 2018, that Frank Foster and Johnny Kinder have been appointed as Deputy Directors for MHST. Foster, who started his mining career in 1976 as a general laborer, most recently worked as an assistant to the vice president at Jennmar USA. He has worked in several positions during the last forty-two years, with a focus on safety and compliance. Kinder has worked for MHST since 2002, and he has been an Inspector at Large since 2016. He also worked as the Acting Deputy Director for two years. Before he joined MHST, Kinder worked as an underground miner in various capacities for eleven years.

Attribution: Governor's Office

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