Concord to Host Charter Day Convocation on Tuesday, February 28

For Immediate Release: 
Jan 24 2006

Concord to Host Charter Day Convocation on Tuesday, February 28

Athens, W.Va. – The Concord University Board of Governors and President Jerry L. Beasley announce a special Charter Day Convocation, which will be held on Tuesday, February 28 at 11 a.m. in the Alexander Fine Arts Center’s Main Theater. The public is invited.

The theme for the convocation will be “A Celebration of Service” and the University will recognize and honor those who have volunteered their time with civic and community organizations. A special gathering of all “Bonner Scholars” will be held. Concord University is the only public institution in the nation to host a Bonner Scholars program where students receive stipends for public service.

Concord received its charter from the West Virginia legislature on February 28, 1872. Concord will pay homage to its history and beginnings by hosting this convocation on the anniversary of its charter.

The University will also award honorary degrees to Mr. Wayne Meisel and Dr. Roland P. Sharp.

Mr. Wayne Meisel is the president of The Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, which supports scholarships for students at 22 schools in the Southeast and Midwest through the Bonner Scholars Program. In return, each scholarship recipient performs 600 hours of community service a year.

Mr. Meisel graduated cum laude with a B.A. in government from Harvard University. He was a John Harvard Scholar for the highest academic achievement and was awarded a John Finley Traveling Fellow. With this fellowship, Mr. Meisel walked from Maine to Washington to champion student and campus involvement in community service. Mr. Meisel has served on the National Boards of Directors of the Independent Sector, COOL, and The New Grange School, a nationally acclaimed school for youths with learning disabilities. He was also a founding board member of the President's Commission on National and Community Service and Teach for America and currently serves on the Concord University Board of Governors. He has written two books. Meisel was appointed by President George H. Bush to serve on the Commission for National and Community Service (later renamed as the Corporation for National Service). While working in this organization, Meisel proposed the original concept and name for AmeriCorps.

Dr. Roland P. Sharp (Concord class of 1936) is widely known throughout West Virginia for his commitment to rural healthcare and improving life in the Mountain State. After graduating from Concord, Dr. Sharp received his master’s degree from West Virginia University in 1939. In 1943, he graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, later serving the institution as a professor and chairperson of the Pathology department. A Pocahontas County native, Dr Sharp returned to West Virginia to practice medicine in Mullens, Greenbank and Marlington. It was Dr. Sharp’s concern for rural medicine, however, that led to appointments on numerous boards, including the West Virginia State Board of Health, West Virginia Society of Osteopathic Medicine, West Virginia Academy of Science, the American Osteopathic Association and the Federation of State Licensing Boards. In the early 1970s, he was dean and president of the former Greenbrier College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 1976, he became the first president of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, helping the institution attain accreditation. In recognizing the importance of Dr. Sharp’s role in forming the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, the school named their alumni center in his honor. In addition, each year one medical student is chosen to receive the Dr. Roland P. Sharp Award for outstanding achievement. Dr. Sharp has served Concord in a variety of capacities including president of the Alumni Association and member of the Concord University Foundation’s Board of Directors. In addition, he launched the Sharp Memorial Fund Scholarship.

For information on the convocation, please contact the University’s public relations office at 1-304-384-5288 or


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