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James H. Paige III
Class of 1982

James H. Paige III, a Wheeling native who has worked as Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Tax and Revenue, lettered in basketball and tennis as a Bethany undergraduate. He was captain of the 1982 Bison team which captured the Presidents' Athletic Conference basketball championship and earned a spot in the NCAA Division III South Atlantic Regional playoffs. Paige, a forward, ended his senior year at Bethany with a career total of 1,141 points, the third Bison player in as many years to reach the 1,000-point mark. During his four seasons, he had a 13.1 career point average and 6.8 career rebound average.

Named PAC "Player of the Year" in 1982, Paige was a two-time PAC All-Conference First-Team selection and was named a First-Team All-Ohio Valley College Basketball selection in both 1981 and 1982. He also earned Pittsburgh Press Tri-State College Basketball Third-Team honors in 1982, with all of these accolades adding to his First-Team All-State selection during his time at Wheeling Park High School.

Paige, who holds the Master of Science in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and earned the Doctorate in Law at West Virginia University, developed the James Paige III Learning Center Complex in East Wheeling (W. Va.) and is co-founder of the Elks Basketball Tournament in East Wheeling.

In 1991, Paige was honored by Ohio Valley Jaycees as Outstanding Young West Virginian, and, in 1993, was a recipient of President George Bush's Points of Light Award.