James A. Casto, 2011-13 treasurer
Herald Dispatch (retired)
Jim Casto retired in 2004 from The Herald-Dispatch, where he was a reporter and editor for more than 40 years. He is now senior public information specialist at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing. Jim also is president of the NSNC Education Foundation.
Active in community affairs, he’s a board member with the United Way of the River Cities, Goodwill Industries, the Huntington Area Food Bank, the Tri-State Area Boy Scout Council, the Friends of the Cabell County Public Library, the Marshall University Library Associates and the West Virginia Faculty Merit Foundation.
Jim has taught both journalism and English as a part-time instructor at Marshall and has worked (on loan from The Herald-Dispatch) as a member of the editorial page staff at USA TODAY.
He’s a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Society of Newspaper columnists. In addition to his newspaper work, he’s written more than a 150 freelance articles for magazines and newspapers and is the author of five books.
On his retirement, Marshall presented him with the John Marshall Medal of Civic Responsibility in recognition of his services to the university and the community.