Higher Education

It's official. Dr. Kendra Boggess will be Concord's next president. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission approved Boggess during a meeting on Friday. 

The Concord University Board of Governors has selected Dr. Kendra Boggess as the University’s 12th president earlier this week. She'll also serve as the  first female president. 

Boggess was one of three finalists for the presidency of Concord following a nationwide search. She is currently serving as Concord’s interim president.

 

West Virginia Wesleyan College
West Virginia Wesleyan College

Two higher education groups announced the adoption of a new policy Friday intended to make transferring credits between schools easier for West Virginia students.

The agreement between the state Higher Education Policy Commission and the Council for Community and Technical College Education intends to pave a way for a more seamless transition for students changing from one higher education institution to another, particularly for students transferring from two-year to four-year institutions.

Marshall Professor Named 2013 Professor of the Year

Apr 17, 2014
Marshall University Communications

A Marshall University English Professor has been named the 2013 Professor of the Year in the state.

Kateryna Schray is an English Professor in the Marshall University College of Liberal Arts. She’s been named the 2013 Professor of the Year by the Faculty Merit Foundation. Each year the Faculty Merit Foundation honors an outstanding faculty member at a West Virginia college or university. Schray said her students were supportive and happy for her after her award. She said she’s just not sure she’s deserving because she still has a ways to go.

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West Virginia University and two other institutions of higher learning in the state will share in a $2.5 million grant to attract, retain and graduate underrepresented students in so-called STEM studies.

West Virginia University

The Higher Education Policy Commission will meet April 25 at Fairmont State University to vote on a new contract for West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee.

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West Virginia University-Parkersburg's Board of Governors has approved an 8 percent tuition increase.
 
In-state students in bachelor degree programs would pay $300 more a year. Out-of-state students would pay an additional $786 a year.

In-state tuition for associate degree and certificate programs would increase by $216 a year. Out-of-state tuition would rise by $768.
 

Appalachian Studies Association

About 800 people are expected to attend a conference at Marshall University in Huntington Friday through Sunday for the 37th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference.

Marshall University Education Professor and conference organizer Linda Spatig says the theme is New Appalachia: Known Realities and Imagined Possibilities.

West Virginia Wesleyan College
West Virginia Wesleyan College

Buckhannon police are investigating a weekend brawl involving about 20 students from West Virginia Wesleyan College and Alderson Broaddus University.
 
Police chief Matthew Gregory says the incident occurred outside the Kappa Alpha fraternity house early Sunday morning.
 

Concord University's Marsh Hall Bell Tower.
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Only three finalists remain in the running for president for Concord University.
 
The school's board of governors held a special meeting on Wednesday afternoon to seek approval of the recommendations of its presidential search committee.
 

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A report prepared by West Virginia University for the Higher Learning Commission is now available online.
 
Officials say the self-study demonstrates how WVU fulfills the commission's criteria for accreditation.
 
The university is up for reaccreditation this year by the agency which oversees accreditation for degree-granting colleges and universities. A team of peer evaluators will visit the school in April.

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Ten students from the University of San Francisco are in West Virginia this week, spending their spring break getting a first-hand look at the coal and gas industries.

This immersion trip is taking place through Wheeling Jesuit University’s Appalachian Institute. It began in Wheeling with an orientation then the group traveled to the Morgantown, W.Va. and Washington, Pa., area to visit the Center for Coalfield Justice and spend time with the Friends of Decker’s Creek collecting water samples.

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The president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg says she isn't renewing her contract with the school.

Officials said Monday that after 10 years as the head of the university, Marie Foster Gnage won't renew her contract after June 30.

West Virginia University

E. Gordon Gee was named West Virginia University’s permanent president Monday. It's the third time he’s been asked to lead the state’s land-grant, flagship research University.

Gee, 70, first served as president from 1981-1985 – hired when he was just 36. He  returned in January of this year for a term to replace the departing Jim Clements, and was asked by the WVU Board of Governors today to serve as the University’s permanent 24th president—pending a special meeting of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and its approval.

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West Virginia University's Board of Governors is holding an emergency meeting to consider a search committee's endorsement of interim President E. Gordon Gee for the job permanently.

The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday in the President's Conference Room at Stewart Hall on WVU's Morgantown campus.
 

West Virginia University

During an emergency meeting of the West Virginia University presidential search committee Friday, a motion was introduced by staff representative Dixie Martinelli, to take all necessary steps to retain the University’s current president, E. Gordon Gee, as the permanent president.

The motion, which asks the WVU Board of Governors to amend the search procedures and rescind a motion which stated the interim president would not be a candidate for the permanent post, was endorsed by the 20-person committee.

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More than two dozen potential candidates' names have been submitted to West Virginia University's presidential search committee.
 
Board of Governors chairman James W. Dailey II says the committee will turn the names over to a search firm. A search firm hasn't yet been hired.
 

The University of Charleston has announced plans to start a 2-year associate degree in nursing program at
its Beckley campus.

At a news conference University of Charleston Regional President Jerry Forster said the school has notified the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses and will begin the accreditation process.

He says leaders at Raleigh General Hospital and Beckley Appalachian Regional Healthcare have conveyed the message that more nurses are needed to fill shortages.

Shepherdstown on Boil Water Notice

Jan 30, 2014
Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Updated Jan. 31, 2014: As of 8:45 a.m. today the Shepherdstown, W.Va., boil water advisory has been lifted.

Shepherdstown has joined the ranks of West Virginia communities experiencing water problems this winter.

The town has issued a boil water notice for the next two days due to a water main break that occurred Wednesday.

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Since the recent chemical spill in Charleston, the issue of clean water in West Virginia is a topic that many Southern West Virginians are discussing.  The Coal Heritage Lecture Series, an annual program presented by Concord University’s Beckley Center and the Coal Heritage Highway Authority, kicks off the 2014 programs with a look at this critical issue. 

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A new study says 48 percent of West Virginia's public college graduates over the past decade are working in the state.
 
     The study by the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics looked at work participation and income of the last decade's graduates who worked in the state in 2012.
 
     Their average income in 2012 was $$41,847.
 
     According to the study, more than half of these graduates were employed in social assistance and education services, and health care.
 

West Virginia State University

  The State Auditor's Office recently flagged as suspicious charges on a state travel card that included Chicago Bears football tickets, alcohol and other purchases that typically aren't allowed.

The Charleston Gazette says these purchases were allowed because the travel card belonged to West Virginia State University President Brian Hemphill.

W.Va. House of Delegates Opens 2014 Session

Jan 8, 2014
Aaron Payne

The 81st House of Delegates began its 60-day session Wednesday at the Capitol.

After most of the general housekeeping was taken care of, the delegates introduced 15 bills, both new and interim, to be sent to the various committees.

A few highlights of the bills introduced are:

HB 4003. Granting dual jurisdiction to counties where a student who lives in one county and attends school in another in order to enforce truancy policies.

HB 4009. Permitting institutions of higher education to perform background checks.

A former Fairmont State University official faces up to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to embezzlement and tax charges.
 
     Forty-five-year-old David A. Tamm of Parkersburg pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to embezzling from a state agency receiving federal funds. He also admitted falsely reporting less income than he received on his 2012 federal income tax return.
 

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West Liberty University is getting a $24,760 grant from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to continue its recycling efforts.
 

The school says the award will allow its voluntary recycling program to grow from its infancy into a full-fledged, mandatory program.

Many in-state students at West Virginia's public higher education institutions don't earn a degree after six years.
 
     An annual graduation report shows fewer than half of in-state freshmen enrolled in fall 2005 earned their degrees six years later.
 
     West Virginia University was the exception. The university's 2012 six-year graduation rate was 56 percent.
 
     Marshall University's six-year graduation rate was 44 percent, followed by Shepherd University, 43 percent; and West Liberty University, 41 percent.
 

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Concord University is looking for a new leader. The Presidential Search Committee has officially launched the search for the University’s 12th President. 

Concord University is looking for a creative, energetic leader to continue academic excellence, quality campus life, and community service, according to a recent job posting.

The search committee and Board of Governors recently approved the  advertisement.

Concord Students Remember Cancer Victims

Dec 9, 2013
Brian Allen

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in West Virginia and the United States according to the latest data from the Department of Health and Human Resources.

Concord University students wanted to remember their lost loved ones this year with a ceremony.

Students gathered in front of the Carillon bells at the Athens campus.

Organizer Corey Booth wanted to host an event during lung cancer awareness month, which is November, in honor of his father’s current fight.

West Virginia University

West Virginia University's Board of Governors has recommended the hiring of an interim president.
 
     Without announcing a name, the board forwarded its recommendation for Jim Clements' temporary replacement to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. The commission meets Friday in South Charleston.
 
     WVU Board chairman James Dailey says the board is "thrilled" with its selection.
 
     The WVU board also set a goal of having a permanent president in place by next fall.
 

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Colleges and technical schools in southern West Virginia are teaming up to encourage entrepreneurs.

Concord University, Marshall University, the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), the Natural Capital Investment Fund and TechConnect West Virginia are collaborating to encourage tourism and advanced manufacturing across southern West Virginia.

Lance McDaniel

This is the first semester Concord University has offered a Master of Social Work.

It's one of four programs Concord has developed since becoming a University in 2004.

  • Master of Education (five content specializations)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Health Promotion
  • Master of Social Work

The programs have the potential to help improve overall public health in the area.

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