Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Editorials

June 29, 2013

New leadership — Boggess to guide Concord University

— Congratulations are in order for Dr. Kendra Boggess, who will begin work July 1 as the new interim president for Concord University. When she takes office next week, she will become the 11th president and first female president of Concord University.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission officially approved the selection of Boggess as interim president of the university last week. Boggess was selected by the Concord University Board of Governors on May 2 to assume the position vacated by outgoing president Dr. Gregory F. Aloia, who accepted a position as president of the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Ga., also effective July 1.

Boggess is presently serving as Concord’s interim vice president and academic dean. She joined Concord’s faculty in 1984 and has taught various undergraduate business courses, primarily in business communications and software applications. Her prior administrative experience resulted from service as a division’s chair from 1996 to 2009, and from more than 25 years of work in the private sector. Boggess also gained additional administrative experience when elected Concord’s faculty president in both 2008 and 2009.

Boggess also served as an associate dean at Concord from 2009 to 2011. She was appointed the university’s interim vice president and academic dean in August 2011. She holds an associate of arts degree from St. Petersburg Junior College in Florida, a bachelor of science degree in business education from the University of Florida in Gainesville, a master of science degree in vocational technical education from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. in business education with a cognate in business management from Virginia Tech.

Boggess says she hopes to help Concord continue to meet state educational standards.

“Concord will continue its own strategic planning processes and seek to complement our goals with those of the state, the Legislature, and the Higher Education Policy Commission to meet the needs of the state and the region,” Boggess said. “There is much to achieve and Concord’s faculty, staff, students and administrative team are committed to the continued success of our students and the institution.”

We congratulate Boggess on her selection as interim president, and wish her the best of luck in the weeks and months ahead. Concord University is a strong asset to our region, and it is critical that the university continue to grow and succeed. It is our hope that Boggess can continue all of the positive work to date on the Campus Beautiful.

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