Alumni Banquet Slated for Friday, May 15

For Immediate Release: 
May 07 2009

CONTACT: Kati Whittaker, Director of Alumni Affairs
1-304-384-5348/6056, >

Alumni Banquet Slated for Friday, May 15

Athens, W.Va. – Concord will host its annual Alumni Banquet Friday, May 15 in the Jerry L. Beasley Student Center. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge on the third floor and the banquet will begin at 6 p.m. in the ballroom.

Concord University Head Football Coach, Mike Keller, will be the guest speaker.

Kellar began as head football coach at Concord in December 2008, following a successful five-season stint as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at California University of Pennsylvania. The Vulcans reached the NCAA Division II national semi-finals in 2007 and 2008. They won or shared the championship of the competitive Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division the last four seasons. The Vulcans compiled a record of 41-8 in that time. A native of Shinnston, West Virginia, Kellar is familiar with the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. He was the starting quarterback for both Glenville State College and Fairmont State College in the early 1990s. He began his coaching career at FSC in 1994.

The Alumni Association will be honoring Gregory M. Allen ‘70, William “Bill” Baker ’62 and Nell Kessinger Jeffries ‘53.

Gregory Allen, recently elected as chair of the Concord University Foundation, was chosen as Concord’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. To qualify for this award, one must be an alumnus of Concord University and have made “outstanding” accomplishments in one’s professional and civic life. Allen graduated from Concord in 1970 with a B.S. in business administration and a concentration in economics. Since then, he has served in various management positions with Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America. In addition to his professional responsibilities, he has been active in the New Mexico Air National Guard, Texas National Guard, and Oklahoma National Guard. He was honored by the Oklahoma National Guard and Texas National Guard for outstanding service. Allen’s resume also includes adjunct teaching for the University of New Mexico and Oklahoma City University.

William Baker was chosen as Concord’s Golden Alumnus of the Year. To qualify for this award, one must be an alumnus of Concord University, contribute one’s time and talents to Concord and the Alumni Association and have no fewer than 25 years of service to the University community. Baker graduated from Concord in 1962 and began his career as a math teacher and coach at Collins High School in Oak Hill. He served as assistant superintendent for Wood County schools and superintendent for both Raleigh and Mercer county schools. He served on the Raleigh County Commission, and was appointed by the governor to the state’s Economic Development Grant Committee. He was awarded the Beckley-Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s 2005 Community Service Award. He was awarded the “President’s Award for Service to Others” by Concord President Jerry Beasley in 2008.

Nell Jeffries was chosen as Concord’s Alumnus of the year. To qualify for this award, one must be an alumnus of Concord University, a member of the Alumni Association and contribute one’s time and talents to the university and Alumni Association. Graduating from Concord in 1953, Jeffries has worked as a member of the Athens Order of the Eastern Star, is a member of the Pine Trees Chapter of the Concord University Alumni Association and a lifetime member of the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority. She was inducted in the PikeView Hall of Fame in 1995 and taught secondary school for 36 years.

The cost per person for attending the banquet is $20. Those interested in attending are encouraged to make reservations by contacting Kati Whittaker at, or 304-384-5348/6056.


CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

Andrea Meador, a sophomore majoring in public relations wrote this news release. Her hometown is Ghent.