Sarah M. Pritchett
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312,

After 4 p.m.
Office: 304-384-5211
Cell: 304-320-6405

March 4, 2022


ATHENS, W.Va. – Recipients of Concord University’s Presidential Excellence Award are being announced. This distinguished award honors Concord University students, faculty, staff and auxiliary staff who exemplify outstanding dedication and service, both on campus and in the community.

Concord President Kendra Boggess presented the awards during the President’s Ball, held the evening of February 26 in the Student Center Ballroom. The gala event was part of the University’s “150 Years of Concord” celebration.

(Photographs of Dr. Boggess with honorees attending the President’s Ball are included below.)

The honorees include: Faculty – Mr. James Biggs, College of Professional and Liberal Studies, Department of Fine Arts, and Dr. Logan Browning, College of Professional and Liberal Studies, Department of Business; Classified Staff – Ms. Karen Phipps, Physical Plant, and Chief Mark Stella, CU Police Department; Non-Classified Staff – Mrs. Lindsey Byars, President’s Office, Mr. Mike Cox, Athletics, and Mr. Austin Clay, Esports; Auxiliary Staff – Ms. Peggy Christian, Aramark, and Ms. Hillary Williams, CU Foundation.

Mr. James Biggs

Dr. Logan Browning

Ms. Karen Phipps

Mrs. Lindsey Byars

Ms. Peggy Christian

Ms. Hillary Williams

Student recipients include Bayleigh Meadows, a senior from Cross Lanes, W.Va., and Issac Prather, a senior from Summersville, W.Va. Meadows is double majoring in Advertising/Graphic Design and Computer Information Systems with an emphasis in Web. Among her many leadership roles on campus are serving as the Board of Governors student representative and ombudsman for the Student Government Association.

Bayleigh Meadows

Prather is majoring in Recreation and Tourism Management and minoring in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship. A highly decorated student athlete in track & field, Prather is also familiar with the winner’s circle in collegiate business plan competitions.

Issac Prather

Each member of the University’s COVID Response Team was recognized with the Presidential Excellence Award for their untiring service during the pandemic. These honorees include: Mr. Bill Fraley, Student Affairs; Mr. Eric Jewell, Student Affairs/ Housing; Ms. Khalilah Workfield, Student Affairs/ Housing; Ms. Lauren Phillips, Student Affairs/ Housing; Ms. Rachel Gebhart, Student Affairs/ Housing; Ms. Ruthie Rhodes, Student Health Center; Ms. Jennifer Stull, Student Health Center; Ms. Amanda Cecil, Student Health Center; Dr. David Campbell, Department of Health Sciences; Dr. Sarah Beasley, Vice President of Student Affairs; and Mr. Dan Fitzpatrick, Vice President of Operations.

Shown from left with President Kendra Boggess, second from right, are Ms. Khalilah Workfield,
Ms. Rachel Gebhart, and Dr. Sarah Beasley.

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Currently, face masks are required for all individuals while in University facilities, regardless of vaccination status. 
In keeping with the CDC guidelines, Concord recommends double-masking. 
Single-ply masks, gators, or vented masks are unacceptable. 

We appreciate your compliance as we do our best to keep students, employees and visitors to campus safe.

Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086, if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

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