• Celebrating 150 years of Concord

The mission of Concord University is to improve the lives of our students and communities, through innovative teaching and learning, intellectual and creative activities, and community service and civic engagement.

Upcoming Events

Mercer County Math Field Day

BallroomHistoric Alumni LoungeD Conference RoomAB Conference RoomState Room

Ms. Pam Clark

December05Monday8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Vaccine Clinic

Ballroom

Jill Nolan

December07Wednesday10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Red Cross Blood Drive

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Carolyn Worley

January24Tuesday11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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Shawn Hatcher
Princeton, W.Va.

Shawn is a second generation Mountain Lion, but that is only one detail that finalized his decision to choose CU after graduating from Pikeview High School in 2017. The university also had the program of study he wanted, and its location meant Shawn could commute to save money. He is a Business Administration major with concentrations in management and finance. When Shawn isn’t in class, you’ll find him working in the business office as a work-study in the Accounts Payable office. Shawn says the real life experiences that professors share and the work experience he has received at Concord has prepared him for the kind of job he wants when he graduates, one similar to the job he currently does at CU. Education aside, Shawn says his favorite part about Concord is the people. “It felt like home from the time I stepped on the campus in 2017,” Shawn says. “Most of everyone is relaxed and will help out if you are in need.”
 

Shawn Hatcher

Shawn Hatcher

Princeton, W.Va.

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Sarah Lively Turner '98

Vice President of Advancement

Dr. Joan Pendergast

Dr. Joan Pendergast

Chair, Department of Social Work and Title IX Coordinator

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Dr. Michael Bean

Assistant Professor of Education

Dr. Joan Pendergast
Chair, Department of Social Work and Title IX Coordinator

When Dr. Pendergast was finishing her Ph.D. in Social Work Education at the University of South Carolina, she dreamed of teaching at a school like Concord. “I have wanted to live in the mountains for as long as I can remember,” she says. In 2007, she accepted a tenure-track position at CU and has found a home here. “The campus community is welcoming and accepting,” she says. Before completing her doctoral degree, Dr. Pendergast was a practicing social worker, valuable experience she shares with her students. “When I speak with students about social work, I explain that this is the best job and worst job you can have,” she says. “It’s very rewarding to see how people can change their lives, and it can be discouraging when these changes do not come.” Dr. Pendergast is dedicated to preparing her students for the realities they’ll face after graduation, and says she enjoys “being a small part of their journey.”