“Concord University”--New Name Will Become Official July 1
Athens, W.Va. – The Board of Governors for Concord College passed a resolution Tuesday, April 20, officially naming the 132-year-old institution “Concord University.” The name change will be official July 1.
Since 1872, Concord College has established a distinguished legacy of quality education for many generations of families. Concord has continued to change to meet the educational needs of southern West Virginia, and the institution’s name has changed accordingly. The first name change, from "Concord State Normal School" to "Concord State Teachers College" took place in 1931, and then in 1943, the institution was re-named "Concord College."
Board Chair Margaret Sayre and Board Secretary Jim Miller, both Concord alumni, signed the resolution.
Ms. Sayre stated that, "The Board of Governors of Concord College voted to change the name of Concord College to Concord University, effective July 1. There was a real air of elation in our meeting when the resolution authorizing the name change was passed, and spontaneous applause broke out as the resolution was signed. We are aware of the new responsibilities associated with the university designation and will work to uphold the high standards in liberal arts education which have long been associated with Concord. We hope to see the establishment of new master’s programs that are clearly needed by the citizens of southern West Virginia to further their professional and personal goals."
“As a Concord graduate, I have somewhat mixed feelings about this change from a nostalgia standpoint,” stated Mr. Miller, “but I think that our Board and Concord’s administration and faculty will step up to the plate and set a new direction for this institution. The citizens of West Virginia will have great expectations. We will work hard to live up to those expectations.”
Concord President Jerry Beasley said that, “Our fellow citizens have called us to a new and higher realm of service. We will strive to meet and exceed these expectations. The future of our region requires no less.
Linda Martin, classified staff representative, noted that, “University status will lend prestige to Concord. This designation will present new challenges, as well as opportunities for us to meet our student’s needs.”
"Concord will be planning a ceremony to celebrate the university designation, most likely at the beginning of the fall 2004 school term. We invite our students, faculty, alumni, staff and friends to share in the planning process, and then join in the celebration," stated Anita Lewis, director of public relations and marketing.
For more information or to offer suggestions for the celebration, contact Anita Lewis, director of public relations and marketing, 1-304-384-5288 or email@example.com.
PHOTO: Back Row, L to R; Daniel C. Dunmyer, Princeton, W.Va.; Classified Staff Representative Linda Martin; R. T. “Ted” Rogers, Hinton, W.Va.; Concord President Jerry Beasley; Faculty Representative Charles H. Brichford; James M. Brown, Beckley, W.Va.; Student Representative Peter Fichthorn.
Front Row, L to R; Dr. Deborah Akers, Princeton, W.Va.; Board of Governors Secretary James L. Miller, Princeton, W.Va.; Board of Governors Chair Margaret Sayre, Beckley, W.Va.; and Wayne Meisel, Princeton, N.J.
J. Franklin Long, Bluefield, W.Va. and Eugene V. Fife, Charlottesville, Va. are on Concord's Board, but were not available for the meeting.
PHOTO: Resolution signed by the Concord College Board of Governors changing the institution’s name to “Concord University.”
CONCORD COLLEGE NOTES: In general, the intent of Senate Bill 653 and 703 is to diversify and expand the economy of the state, increase the competitiveness of the state’s workforce and the availability of professional expertise by increasing the number of college degrees produced to the level of the national average and significantly improve the level of adult functional literacy.
Effective July 1, 2001, an institutional board of governors was established as required by SB 653 and 703. The board of governors powers and duties generally include: determining controlling supervisions and managing the financial, business and education policies and affairs of Concord, developing a master plan, demonstrating how the master plan will be used, developing goals and missions, and other items as directed by the legislation.
The board of governors is comprised of 12 people including: 9 members appointed by the governor, a full-time member of the faculty, a member of the student body and a member of Concord’s classified employees.
Members of Concord’s governing board are: Dr. Deborah Akers, Princeton, W.Va.; James M. Brown, Beckley, W.Va.; Daniel C. Dunmyer, Princeton, W.Va.; Eugene V. Fife, Charlottesville, Va.; J. Franklin Long, Bluefield, W.Va.; Wayne Meisel, Princeton, N.J.; James L. Miller, board secretary, Princeton, W.Va.; R. T. “Ted” Rogers, Hinton, W.Va.; and Margaret Sayre, board chair, Beckley, W.Va. Other members include student representative Peter Fichthorn, faculty representative Charles H. Brichford, and classified staff representative Linda Martin.
Minutes and information about board meetings may be accessed on the College’s web site, log on to www.concord.edu, click on “Administration” then “Board of Governors.”
The significance of university status is up to us. We were selected not because we were seeking this, but because we met the criteria. We’ve got to grab the ring and take advantage of this for the long-term good of Concord. It is important for us to define what this designation means for us to the rest of the world. We will renew our faith in our mission and double our efforts toward meeting the undergraduate and graduate needs of students in this region through rigorous academic programs and a delivery system that takes advantage of the latest technology.