§16-5J-5. Advisory board.

There is hereby created an advisory board which shall be composed of the following persons:

(a) Two board certified pathologists licensed and currently practicing in this state;

(b) A board certified physician or doctor of osteopathy, licensed and currently practicing in this state in a specialty other than pathology;

(c) Two clinical laboratory practitioners who hold professional certification from an agency acceptable to the department of health. These two must have had a minimum of three years experience in a clinical laboratory setting during the five years preceding appointment. One of the two must hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree;

(d) One lay person to represent the interests of the people of this state.

The advisory board shall be appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate. Appointments of professional members shall be made from lists of candidates submitted from among their peers. These lists may be solicited from the West Virginia association of pathology, the West Virginia state society for medical technology, the West Virginia state medical association, the West Virginia society of state American medical technologists and other similar professional organizations. The lists submitted shall contain at least one name in excess of the number of appointments to be made. Appointments shall be for a term of three years beginning the first day of July of the year of appointment, except for the first board appointed, whose terms shall be as follows:

(a) The pathologists and one baccalaureate clinical practitioner shall serve a one-year term;

(b) The nonpathologist physician or doctor of osteopathy, and the other clinical practitioner shall serve for a two-year term;

(c) The lay person shall serve for a three-year term.

Successors to those first board members will serve three-year terms. Board members may succeed themselves once, but may not serve for a total period in excess of six years. In the event of a vacancy on the advisory board the governor shall appoint a successor in the same manner as the original appointment was made. The successor will serve for the unexpired term and may be eligible for reappointment: Provided, That any member shall serve until such time as his or her successor is appointed.