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Exiting WVU Parkersburg President Honored with Emeritus Designation


  The West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors has named Dr. Marie Foster Gnage president emeritus. Gnage is the sixth president of WVU Parkersburg and the college’s second president, after Dr. Eldon Miller, to receive this designation.

A news release issued Thursday says a resolution was presented to Gnage at the June 2014 board meeting.

The board recognized Gnage’s leadership in many non-profit organizations and local, state and national higher education initiatives.

The resolution states:

“Dr. Gnage has always been mindful of the population served by WVU at Parkersburg and has worked tirelessly to advance the institution’s mission. During her tenure as president, Dr. Gnage positioned WVU at Parkersburg to efficiently manage enrollment growth while maintaining the college’s fiscal stability.”

“Words can’t express what it means to have my time and accomplishments recognized in this way,” said Gnage in a written statement included in Thursday’s release.

“It has been wonderful working with the board, faculty, staff, students and the community to make WVU Parkersburg what it is today – the regional college of choice, the community’s college.”

Gnage became the first female and the first African-American president of WVU Parkersburg in 2004. She is the second-longest serving president for WVU Parkersburg.

In 2012, Gnage was elected to serve as board chair for the American Association of Community Colleges, becoming the first community college president from West Virginia to serve and to be elected to this national organization.

During her tenure as president, the college added five new buildings and acquired five new properties. The physical property saw tremendous improvement in infrastructure, functionality and aesthetics–without sacrificing academic programs and while maintaining some of the most affordable tuition rates in the country.