Reminder: Concord to Host Charter Day Convocation on Tuesday, February 28

For Immediate Release: 
Feb 21 2006

Reminder: 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 to 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 W. Meisel and Dr. Roland P. Sharp.

Mr. Wayne W. 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. Meisel has written two books. He 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. A Pocahontas County native, Dr. Sharp practiced medicine in Mullens, Greenbank and Marlinton. He was instrumental in the establishment of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

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


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