KISRA Names Clinton Arnold Interim CEO

Updated: Jun 15

Clinton spent 25 years with Verizon Communications Inc. before retiring in 2013 as a Director. He led teams in sales, product marketing, product development, training, channel sales, customer marketing and operations and communications, earned multiple President’s Leadership awards, as well as Platinum, Presidents and Diamond Club awards for sales and operations excellence.

He is currently a business and marketing Professor at West Virginia State University teaching multiple courses in Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Business Operations as well as the Interim CEO at KISRA, Inc. which is business that provides life, business, mental health and coaching programs for the recovery, transitioning and youth populations throughout the state of WV.

After serving faithfully in churches going back to his youth, he answered a call to serve in the Ministry as an Executive Pastor. He was licensed as an Executive Pastor in 2014 and is a certified Faith Based Counselor specializing in marriage and relationships. He is also a Life Coach.

From 1997-2012 he coached youth and high school baseball teams in Texas, Pennsylvania, and WV. His teams won city championships, two state championships and one national title. He had multiple players earn college scholarships to Division I, II, III and NAIA schools all over the country and was proud to contribute towards their development into productive, responsible, disciplined young men.

His unique mix of experience and success in leading, teaching, developing, coaching people and teams in a Fortune 500, small business and athletic environments has enabled him to fulfill his calling, which is to help people achieve their short and long-term goals and be the best person they can be for themselves, their company and their families.

The foundation of his experience is education, training and life experiences. He has a BA in Communications from the University of Kentucky, where he was the baseball team co-captain his senior year. He was also a four-year letterman and All-SEC performer for the baseball team from 1982-1986. He earned an MBA from the University of Charleston and is a graduate of the University of Maryland Executive Leadership Program as well as the Center for Creative Leadership in San Diego, CA. He has been accepted into the Doctoral Program at Marshall University and will begin his Doctor of Business Administration studies with the fall 2022 cohort.

He has been married to Trina, a retired teacher and UK graduate, for 35 years and they have two grown children. Their daughter Christen Woodard is married to Pastor Brandon Woodard. She is a certified Mid-wife and they have four children. Their son Clinton Barrett Arnold III is married to Tyra Meadows Arnold. Barrett earned his undergraduate Degree from Coppin State University and an MBA from Marshall University. He is also a Certified Personal Trainer.

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