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August 10, 2012

Historic selection: Krotseng impressive pick for BSC post

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Marsha V. Krotseng, who has been named the 13th president of Bluefield State College.

While the decision of the BSC Board of Governors to select Krotseng will still be forwarded Friday to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy for confirmation, this should be a mere formality as we expect the commission to honor the decision of the local governing board.

Krotseng will serve as the first BSC female president in 117 years. She currently serves as the vice chancellor for strategic planning/executive director at College Technical Education Council for the North Dakota University system. But she is no stranger to West Virginia, or the campus of Bluefield State College.

Krotseng worked in West Virginia for 10 years, and attended many meetings on the campus of BSC during her time at West Liberty.

“I am excited about the opportunity,” Krotseng told the Daily Telegraph after the board announced its decision. “To me, it is important that the college have good leadership, male or female.”

She has also served as associate vice president and chief planning officer at Valdosta State University; vice provost/executive assistant to the president at Liberty State University; and as an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi.

In all, her career in high education spans an impressive 25 years.

As part of the now completed presidential search, Krotseng visited the campus on Aug. 2, meeting with alumni, students, staff, community members and the media. Those who attended the meeting left impressed, and with high praise for Krotseng.

And Krotseng echoed a similar sentiment about those she met. “I really felt the commitment and dedication of everyone that I met with on campus last week — members of the Board of Governors, faculty, staff and alumni and with the chancellor,” she said.

“I feel a very strong commitment to helping that group and I want to help work with the entire campus and the Bluefield community and move BSC forward.”

Krotseng beat out 45 applicants for the job from across the country, including Interim BSC President Dr. Tom Blevins and Dr. Johnson Akinleye of UNC-Wilmington, the two remaining finalists in the presidential search.

We welcome Krotseng’s historic selection as not only the college’s 13th president, but also its first female president in 117 years.

A strong and successful Bluefield State College is of critical importance to our region. BSC is a true gem providing a pathway to a higher education and a brighter future for young high school graduates, as well as older individuals, across southern West Virginia as well as neighboring Southwest Virginia.

It’s now up to Krotseng to ensure a continuation of a strong and robust Bluefield State College. We wish her the best of luck in the job ahead.

 

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