Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Editorials

April 30, 2014

Concord University: Opportunities await 12th president

— — Congratulations are in order for Dr. Kendra Boggess, who has been selected as Concord University’s 12th president. She succeeds Dr. Greg Aloia, who left Concord University last year to assume the presidency post at the College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, Ga.

The university board of governors voted April 22 to name Boggess as Concord’s 12th president. The board’s recommendation was formally approved by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission last week. Boggess is currently serving as Concord’s interim president. She has served in that position since July 1, 2013, and was one of three finalists for the presidency of Concord following a nationwide search. Boggess will begin work as the new university president effective July 1.

Boggess is already a familiar face on campus, which will help to ensure a smooth transition into the presidency post. She brings nearly three decades of serving Concord in academics and administration to the presidency. Throughout her career, she has served on numerous national, state, institutional and divisional committees and has been recognized for her leadership.

“It has been such an honor to be selected to serve Concord in this role,” Boggess said last week. “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.”

Since joining Concord’s faculty in 1984, Boggess’ academic experience has consisted of teaching various undergraduate business courses in Concord’s Division of Business, primarily in business communications and software applications. Her prior administrative experience resulted from service as the division’s chair from 1996-2009, and for more than 25 years working in the private sector. She 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.

Boggess 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.

Since its formation in 1872, Concord University has served generations of families in our region. The university is a tremendous asset to Mercer County and southern West Virginia, and to the thousands of students who come to the Campus Beautiful each year in search of a higher-education degree.

Keeping Concord strong — and a continued force for higher education in our community and state — is of utmost importance. And while the job ahead won’t be easy, we are confident that Boggess will be up to the challenge. We congratulate her on her selection as the university’s 12th president, and wish her the best of luck in the job ahead.

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