Robert Holroyd is from Mercer County and was appointed to the School Building Authority in 2003 by Gov. Bob Wise. Mr. Holroyd was reappointed to a term ending July 31, 2021.
Mr. Holroyd is a founding member of the law firm Johnston Holroyd & Associates where he practices law in Princeton.
Mr. Holroyd attended West Virginia University, where he majored in political science and speech. During his tenure there, he left Morgantown and joined the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conﬂict. He served on active duty for three years and served with special assignments to military police. In 1954, he became a Marine reservist and returned to Morgantown to finish his undergraduate studies, and pursue law school. He graduated with a law degree in 1958 and returned home to Princeton to practice law.
In 1960, he became very active in President John F. Kennedy’s primary campaign in southern West Virginia. In Princeton, Mr. Holroyd was assistant prosecuting attorney from 1961-1964. In 1964, he was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates and served as prosecuting attorney of Mercer County from 1965-1967. Besides working on President Kennedy’s campaign, Mr. Holroyd continued supporting the Democratic Party by serving on the West Virginia State Democratic Executive Committee for two terms, as well as being a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1976.
Mr. Holroyd served West Virginia as a consultant to the Governor’s Committee on Crime Anti-Delinquency, Correction, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He was also an instructor on Criminal Law and Procedure at West Virginia State Police Academy and West Virginia Basic Police Science Courses at Institute. He served the Police force by being a guest instructor at Blueﬁeld State College, Police Service Department and as an adjunct professor at Marshall University.
Mr. Holroyd has been active in improving the medical practices for the State of West Virginia. He was one of the organizers of Princeton Community Hospital, where he served on the board until he became general counsel of the hospital, a position he continues to hold. In addition, he is presently the chair of St. Luke’s Hospital in Blueﬁeld, WV and serves as chair of the Mercer County 911 committee.
Throughout his community, Mr. Holroyd was a past member and ofﬁcer in Princeton’s Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was an active member in the Princeton Rotary Club, and is a current member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars-VFW, American Legion, Elks, Moose, Mercer County and West Virginia’s State Bar Associations.
Image of Mr. Holroyd courtesy of The Princeton Times