Media Advisory: Concord University to Host Celebration at Tamarack, Thursday, August 12

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 08 2004

Media Advisory: Concord University to Host Celebration at Tamarack, Thursday, August 12

Athens, W.Va. – Major developments at Concord University will be spotlighted during a celebration at Tamarack in Beckley this Thursday, August 12.

A regional gathering of Concord alumni, friends and officials will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom A.

“We’re excited about this event,” stated Loretta Young, Concord University associate vice president for development. “This is a celebration to look at Concord’s history and future, the significance of the name change from college to university, and the specifics of the University’s new capital campaign. The theme for the $25 million campaign is ‘Concord at the Crossroads.’”

The University’s foundation has raised $19 million to date.

Funds generated will support student scholarships, faculty and facilities.

“Concord is at a crossroads in its history. Only through private fund raising will the university be able to continue its mission of a quality education at an affordable price,” David A. Barnette, chair for the Concord University capital campaign committee and a member of Jackson Kelly PLLC, said.

Barnette is a graduate of Concord College and serves the University as vice chair of the Concord University Foundation.

Noted businessperson and philanthropist James H. “Buck” Harless of Gilbert is honorary chair for the campaign.

“The University has many needs,” Barnette said. “We’ll be focusing on support for our technology center which will house a business incubator and academic programs, continued funding for our entrepreneurial studies program, dollars for our athletic program and, of course, scholarships for students.

“Median household income for southern West Virginia is at or below the state average and most of Concord’s students come from southern West Virginia,” he said. “Support for student scholarships is critical to Concord’s continued success.”

“The campaign will also provide support for faculty development and facilities,” he said.

The Concord Interfaith Chapel and Alumni Center being built on the University campus is among facilities benefiting from the fund raising effort.

The upcoming event at Tamarack will include a reception followed by remarks by Concord President, Dr. Jerry Beasley and Mr. Barnette.

For more information, contact Associate Vice President for Development Loretta Young, 1-304-384-5257 or