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CEHS Hall of Fame: 2009 Inductees

Brandon Hall
Distinguished Alumni


Brandon Hall received his doctoral degree in 1977 in Educational Psychology at West Virginia University.

Dr. Hall is a leading independent expert in e-learning. His company helps organizations make decisions about technology through reports, advising and presentations. With more than 25 years as a training professional, Dr. Hall is the author of the Web-Based Training Cookbook and is a featured speaker at conferences around the world, including Berlin, Singapore, Australia, and Saudi Arabia.

He also served on the faculty of San Francisco State University’s Multimedia Studies Program. Dr. Hall publishes about 25 reports a year on e-learning and is a columnist for Chief Learning Officer magazine. As a recognized researcher in the field, he has been interviewed by Fortune, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Business Week, among others.
Dr. Hall has advised groups including Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, Motorola, Goldman Sachs, Westinghouse, and the U.S. Army, among others. In addition, Dr. Hall chairs the annual Excellence in Learning Awards, now in its tenth year and the first recognition program dedicated to the e-learning industry.

James B. Phares


James Phares received his bachelor’s degree in 1974 in elementary education from West Virginia University and his doctoral degree in 1995 from Virginia Polytechnic and State University. Dr. Phares has a distinguished leadership record at all major levels of public education and has attained national prominence for his stellar accomplishments as the superintendent of Marion County Schools.

He was named West Virginia Superintendent of the Year in 2007-2008 and selected as one of four finalists and runner-up for the National Superintendent of the Year. Under his transformative leadership, Marion schools have consistently met “Adequate Yearly Progress” under No Child Left Behind requirements.

Superintendent Phares also has advanced the use of technology to enhance the quality of administrative and instructional activities and to ensure students success in meeting the challenges of 21st century learning. Dr. Phares is currently serving as superintendent of Randolph County Schools.