Concord University Board Of Governors Selects Dr. Kendra Boggess as Its Choice For President

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 22 2014

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,   








ATHENS, W.Va. – The Concord University Board of Governors (BOG) has selected Dr. Kendra Boggess as the University’s 12th president, contingent upon approval by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission).

The action was taken during the Board’s Tuesday, April 22, 2014, meeting on the Athens campus.

Dr. Boggess is currently serving as Concord’s interim president. She has served in that position since July 1, 2013.

Dr. Boggess was one of three finalists for the presidency of Concord following a nationwide search.

The Commission will act on the BOG’s recommendation during a meeting scheduled for Friday, April 25 at Fairmont State University. If approved by the Commission, Dr. Boggess will officially become president of Concord University effective July 1, 2014.

“We were lucky to have three very highly qualified candidates,” Mr. David Barnette, chair of the Presidential Search Committee, said. “We believe Kendra Boggess is going to be a great leader. We believe we’ve made the best choice going forward and looking toward the future.”

“We had a very good and broad field of candidates with a variety of experience,” BOG Chair Mr. Elliot Hicks said. “Each candidate could have brought good things to us, but we were able to see what Dr. Boggess could bring in a very short time as interim president and we were impressed with her dedication and commitment to the University and the community.

“We thought she would be the best person to heal any concerns and to launch Concord on the path it needs to take to excel,” he said.

“I’m honored to have been selected and look forward to working with all of my colleagues in moving the institution forward and achieving the University’s mission and goals,” Dr. Boggess said.

Dr. Boggess brings nearly three decades of serving Concord in academics and administration to the presidency. Throughout her career, she has served on numerous national, state, institutional and divisional committees and has been recognized for her leadership.  She is an active and respected member of the local business and civic community.

Since joining Concord’s faculty in 1984, Dr. Boggess’ academic experience has consisted of teaching various undergraduate business courses in Concord’s Division of Business, primarily in business communications and software applications. Her prior administrative experience resulted from service as the Division’s chair from 1996 - 2009, and from more than 25 years work in the private sector. She gained additional administrative experience when elected Concord’s faculty president in both 2008 and 2009.

Dr. Boggess served as an associate dean at Concord from 2009 - 2011. She was appointed the University’s interim vice president and academic dean in August 2011.

She holds an Associate of Arts degree from St. Petersburg Junior College in Florida, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from the University of Florida in Gainesville, a Master of Science degree in Vocational Technical Education from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. in Business Education with a cognate in Business Management from Virginia Tech.