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WVHEPC Approves Concord University's First Female President


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.


“It has been such an honor to be selected to serve Concord in this role,” Dr. Boggess said in a release.   “I am surrounded at Concord by devoted, enthusiastic, bright, and committed faculty and staff members who are dedicated to serving the students and communities in southern West Virginia and beyond. I look forward to having the opportunity to continue to make a difference, through the collaborative efforts of colleagues, the community, and our many loyal alumni throughout the region and the world. I look forward to meeting the challenges ahead.”


Boggess has been a part of Concord, academically or administratively, for more than three decades. She’s also served on numerous national, state, institutional and divisional committees and has been recognized for her leadership.  She is an active member of the local business and civic community. 


“We have been very pleased that she has taken initiative during the time she has served as interim president to move the University ahead, and not simply to occupy the chair,” Board of Governors Chair Mr. Elliot Hicks said. “We recently enjoyed an outstanding accreditation review of our teacher education programs under her leadership. In her very short time at the helm she has laid a good foundation to build the University’s relationships with its alumni and with the community.  Concord is fortunate to have a business-minded leader like Dr. Boggess.”

Boggess will officially be become president on July 1, 2014