Dr. Kathy Liptak
Interim Dean of the College of Professional Studies
Dr. Liptak works to promote and support the quality programs offered at Concord University, and she is here to foster success among our students and faculty. She wants our students to have high quality programs that are current, engaging, and will enable them to accomplish their future aspirations. Some of those programs include business and/or entrepreneurship, teaching, social work, sociology, sociology with an emphasis in criminology, and mass communication, which includes television and radio broadcasting, public relations, theater, or recreation and tourism management. Many of those programs are nationally accredited. Let Dr. Liptak and the College of Professional Studies faculty help you achieve your goals.
Instructor of Theater and Communication Arts
Karen Vuranch brings decades of theater experience and extensive knowledge to Concord University. Vuranch has performed shows in every county in West Virginia, in 35 states and three foreign countries. She completed five performance tours of England and Wales, and toured China with 35 other storytellers. In 1982, she moved from Ohio to West Virginia to work for the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia as a storyteller. Here, she met her husband and together, the couple eventually founded their own theater company, WV Enterprises. Vuranch has written many performance pieces, including Coal Camp Memories, a play she wrote based on oral histories she collected. She also has 12 living history characters – remarkable women in history – that she researched and performs. “Teaching is a culmination of my years of work,” Vuranch says. “I have had years of being on stage and accolades. Now, I am ready to share what I know and to see my students flourish.”
Dr. Scott Inghram '03
MSW Program Director and Associate Professor
“Students are the best part of my job and I hope that I am a positive part of their learning experience at the Campus Beautiful.”
Dr. Inghram says working for the Social Work department at Concord allows him to impart skills and knowledge in order to better serve our global community while addressing specific needs and issues. He believes our students have the opportunity to not only build the knowledge base they need, but to engage in “doing” in order to put their newly formed knowledge into practice. Dr. Inghram and the Social Work faculty are continuously researching and serving on boards and committees to make sure the program at CU prepares our students to take on the many issues challenging our state and local communities.