About Ron Bane & Bane's Background

About the Honorable Ronald L. Bane, Jr., PhD.
Ron Bane Sworn in by Cindy Scott with Family Present.
The Honorable Ronald L. Bane, Jr., gives a media interview.

Briefly About Ron Bane

On June 9, 2020, nearly 10,000 Monongalia County voters cast ballots to elect Ron Bane as Division 1 Magistrate. Bane was appointed to complete his predecessor’s unexpired term, and sworn into office on July 9. He started adjudicating cases on July 13, 2020.

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Bane’s Political Experience

Ron Bane is a registered independent serving as Monongalia Magistrate Court in Division 1. For 16 years, Bane held non-partisan elected office on the Morgantown City Council. During that time, he was actively involved with different aspects of local government and served on various boards and commissions, including 14 years of service to the Morgantown Utility Board. He continues 20 years of service to our community as a Monongalia County representative on the Mountain Line Transit Authority board of directors.

Ron’s Professional Background

Bane previously served as Night Operations Manager at the Mountainlair Student Union at West Virginia University. He has extensive management experience in nursing, clinical labs, safety and facilities, and industry, with more than 20 years of healthcare management expertise and 7-plus years in materials management. His record shows a proven ability to produce results in a cross-functional team environment and to implement and retain strong supplier relationships.

About Ron, Personally

Ron Bane is a native of Morgantown and a fifth generation West Virginian. He has three adult children: one daughter and two sons. Bane enjoys sports and serves as an umpire/referee for youth lacrosse and soccer. Additionally, Ron enjoys golfing and continues a longstanding tradition among friends to play a top-ranked golf course somewhere on the east coast each year.

Work Experience

Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
Charleston, WV
2 Year, 0 Months

Magistrate, Monongalia County Division 1
July 2020 – Present

West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
2.5+ years

Night Operations Manager
August 2017 – July 2020

  • Managed night operations at the Mountainlair Student Union
  • Supervised 11 student employees
  • Worked with University Police, Nutrition and Dietetics, Student Services, Student Government, and Facilities Services

West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc.
Morgantown, WV
23+ years

Manager of Materials
January 2008 – January 2017

  • Ensured compliance with local, state, and federal safety laws and regulations
  • Maintained an effective hospital-wide system of surveillance to identify materials issues and proper delivery.
  • Corrected conditions that presented delays to the patients, visitors, and staff
  • Coordinated regulatory surveys and inspections
  • Acted as a resource for all departments on materials-related issues
  • Facilitated general-orientation and coordinate-training for new employees

Manager of Safety
January 1999 – January 2008

  • Guaranteed, via continuous evaluation, training, and research, federal, state, and organizational conformity with environmental health and safety policies
  • Developed and monitored hospital-wide programs to evaluate current safety practices, mitigate sub-par occurrences, and track daily systems’ deficiencies; Amended any hazardous practices
  • Coordinated regulatory surveys and inspections
  • Served as an interdepartmental liaison to ensure policy implementation and congruence
  • Supervised and coordinated the activities of safety-personnel engaged in preparation of training materials, record-keeping and training of new employees

Manager of Laboratory Outreach Services
January 1997 – January 1999

  • Developed, organized, and maintained a laboratory-outreach program leading to the receipt of the 1997 WVUH Innovation Award
  • Handled administrative responsibilities, such as budgeting (personnel/training), quality assurance (licensing/health and safety), and outreach-marketing
  • Supervised operations and management (courier services, specimen processing, ICD/CPT coding, client billing, supply management, reporting, database,s and support services)

Support Associate Coordinator
January 1995 – January 1997

  • Identified learning needs of employees and communicated needs to nurse director
  • Cooperated with the training and development program leaders, as well as the nursing staff, to provide continuous opportunities for employee development
  • Ensured that mandatory safety in-services and competencies were completed
  • Developed quality improvement plans with input from nurse director and support associates
  • Identified departmental and interdepartmental issues interfering with desired patient outcomes leading to receipt of the 1996 WVUH Leadership Award

Housekeeping Services Operations Manager
January 1994 – January 1995

  • Managed second and third shifts
  • Provided safety training
  • Conducted quality assurance audits and training
  • Supervised efficient and effective preparation of patient and operating rooms
  • Disciplined employees

Accomplishments & Highlights


Internal Hazardous Incident Response Team
Morgantown, WV
January 2004 – January 2008
4+ years
  • Created this group through grant-funding and through matching from WVUH
  • Responded to chemical and biological assaults
  • Conducted disaster and triage planning and preparedness research particularly concerning the bioterrorism threats of weaponized Bacillus anthracis (anthrax), Yersinia pestis (black plague), Ricinus communis (ricin), Variola major (smallpox), and RS-Propan-2-yl-methylphosphonofluoridate (sarin)
  • Created and implemented of mock-disaster scenarios
  • Established victim triage and decontamination services in disaster-relief settings

Carolina Food Processors, Inc
Tar Heel, NC
1+ year

Director of Safety and Environmental Health
January 1993 – January 1994

  • Directed all safety programs to ensure compliance with USDA and EPA
  • Oversaw light-duty placement
  • Served in an advisory role for Workers’ Compensation claims
  • Designed equipment and safety-training programs
  • Managed the facility medical clinic, supervising the staff doctors and nurses

Sterling Faucet Plumbing Group
Morgantown, WV
1+ year

Assistant to Safety Manager
January 1992 – January 1993

  • Updated MSDS catalog and provided employee safety-training
  • Performed inspections and created fire and disaster plans
  • Conducted lead and noise-level surveys

West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc.
Morgantown, WV
1+ year

Relief Supervisor/Nutrition Care Assistant
January 1991 – January 1992

  • Ensured security and environmental safety controls were met
  • Supervised tray-line and patient services
  • Ensured prescribed diets were correctly prepared and delivered to patients
  • Assisted dietitians with patient requests


Kennedy Western University
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Safety Engineering
2000 – 2003

Dissertation: “Anthrax Preparedness for Hospitals”


West Virginia University
Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Health/Health Care Administration/Management
1997 – 1999


West Virginia University
Master of Science (MS)

Safety Engineering
1991 – 1993


West Virginia University
Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Political Science
1984 – 1989


Licenses & Certifications

Certified Healthcare Safety Professional

Board of Certified Healthcare Safety Management
January 1999 – 2009


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Community Outreach
  • Cross-functional Team Leadership
  • Government Affairs
  • Leadership
  • Parliamentary Procedure
  • Product Coordination
  • Project Management
  • Public Speaking
  • Sales Management


Organizations & Affiliations

  • Leadership West Virginia
  • Mountain Line Transit Authority
  • Mountaineer Lacrosse Officials Association
  • Morgantown Utility Board
  • Morgantown City Council
  • Morgantown Parking Authority
  • Morgantown Traffic Commission
  • Monongalia County Day Report Center Community Criminal Justice Board
  • Monongalia County Teen Court Board of Directors
  • West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission
  • WVUH United Way


Awards & Recognition

  • President, Mountaineer Lacrosse Officials Association
  • Vice President, Mountain Line Transit Authority
  • Community Service Award, WVU Hospitals
  • Innovation Award, WVU Hospitals
  • Past Deputy Mayor, City of Morgantown
  • Past Treasurer, Mountain Line Transit Authority
  • Past Secretary, Mountain Line Transit Authority
  • Past Treasurer, Morgantown Utility Board
  • Past Vice Chair, Morgantown Utility Board
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