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NEW DIRECTORS ANNOUNCED FOR ONE VALLEY BANCORP AND ONE VALLEY BANK, N.A.

 CHARLESTON, W.Va., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- One Valley Bancorp of West Virginia, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVWV) announced today the election of four new members to the holding company board of directors and three to the board of One Valley Bank, N.A. (OVB), the company's flagship bank in Charleston.
 Phyllis Huff Arnold, James Gabriel, David E. Lowe and John H. Wick III, were elected to the holding company board to replace retiring board members Mary Price Ratrie, James F. Brown III and James R. McCartney, who were elected honorary directors, and David E. Berry, who recently retired as president and chief executive officer of Chesapeake and Potomac (C&P) Telephone Company of West Virginia.
 Newly elected members of the Charleston bank's board of directors are James D. Williams, Lowe and Dr. Edwin H. Welch.
 Arnold is president and chief executive officer of One Valley Bank, N.A., in Charleston. She joined the bank in 1973 and became a vice president of commercial loans. In 1979, she was appointed West Virginia Commissioner of Banking by Gov. John D. Rockefeller IV. She returned to One Valley Bancorp in 1983 as senior vice president and in 1988 became executive vice president of One Valley Bank, N.A. She also serves on the board of directors of One Valley Bank, N.A.
 Following her graduation from West Virginia University with a B.S. degree in business administration, she joined Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh as a management trainee. She received an M.B.A. from Marshall University in 1976, and was graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1982.
 Arnold is a member of the board of trustees of Charleston Area Medical Center, having just completed a three-year term as chairman of the board. She is a member of Charleston Rotary Club, has served as assistant treasurer, treasurer and chairman-elect of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the board of directors of Charleston Chamber of Commerce.
 Gabriel is president of Gabriel Brothers, Inc., a chain of retail stores featuring housewares and clothing in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia.
 He was an assistant professor in political science at West Virginia University, Penn State University and Waynesburg College. He served in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1954, and became a business partner with his brother in 1960.
 The Uniontown, Pa., native received his A.B. degree in political science from Kent State University and M.A. in political science from West Virginia University. He has done graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh and the Graduate School of Public & International Affairs in Pittsburgh.
 Lowe, who will serve on both the holding company and bank boards of directors for One Valley, is president and chief executive officer of The Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of West Virginia.
 He began his telephone career with C&P of West Virginia in Huntington in 1963, and has held several executive positions with the company. He was vice president of external affairs for C&P of Virginia prior to returning to C&P of West Virginia earlier this year. He has been very active in community affairs and government relations having directed the Governor's Management Task Force and developed and assisted in implementing recommendations for restructuring the executive branch of West Virginia state government.
 He is a native of Milton, W.Va., and is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) with a B.A. degree in business administration. While at VPI, he was president of his class and a member of several honorary academic and leadership organizations. He completed the Program for Senior Executives at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987.
 Wick is vice president of Dickinson Fuel Company, Inc. in Charleston, and was previously associated with Commercial Real Estate Sales, Industrial Division in Richmond, Va.
 He attended Greenbrier Military School and received a B.S. degree in business administration from West Virginia University. He is director of the Virginia Diocese's Homes Board and is member of the Richmond Board of Realtors and the Commonwealth Club. He is also a member of the board of directors of One Valley Bank, N.A. in Charleston.
 Williams joined The Bank of St. Albans in 1958 following graduation from Morris Harvey College in Charleston. He held several executive positions with the bank including vice president, executive vice president and president, as well as serving as director of the bank. He became executive vice president of One Valley Bank in 1987 and has served as manager of the Western Kanawha-Putnam region for OVB. He will retire from full-time responsibilities to assume a role in business development for One Valley Bank.
 The Kanawha County native has held several official positions with numerous local civic and charitable organizations. He currently is an advisory board member for Salvation Army and a member of the board of the St. Albans Regional Development Authority.
 Williams is a Rotarian, having served as president of the St. Albans Club; past president of the St. Albans Chamber of Commerce and former city councilman in St. Albans. He is active with the Contractors Association of West Virginia, having served as chairman of the Associates Division.
 Welch became president of The University of Charleston in 1989 after holding several administrative, executive and teaching positions with colleges in Iowa, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He received his B.A. degree from Western Maryland College in sociology; S.T.B. degree from Boston University School of Theology, and Ph.D. from Boston University Graduate School in social ethics. He also studied at the London School of Economics & Political Science in International Relations and attended the Harvard Institute for Educational Management.
 Welch was provost and dean of the faculty at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa; dean of the college at Lakeland College, Sheboygan, Wis.; and assistant dean and director of the Weekend College at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa. He was chairperson, Department of Sociology and Anthropology at WV Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.Va., from 1971 to 1975.
 Welch served in the executive office of the President of the United States at the White House from 1961 to 1971. He has received numerous academic and leadership awards during his career.
 He is a member of the board of Charleston Rotary; Charleston Area Medical Center; Business and Industrial Development Corporation; and the West Virginia Symphony. He is vice president of the National Institute for Chemical Studies; vice president of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Board, and is affiliated with the West Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges, Council of Independent Colleges and the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
 Ratrie has served on the board since 1976 and was the first woman to hold that distinction. Since the formation of the bank in 1867, she followed a long tenure of membership on the bank's board of directors by her family, which included her grandfather, father and husband, Turner R. Ratrie.
 Brown, a Charleston attorney, joined the board in 1960, and has been a member of most board committees. McCartney was chairman of One Valley Bank of Morgantown, W.Va., and its predecessor, Farmers and Merchants Bank. He joined One Valley's board in 1986.
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