Media Appreciation Day Held At Concord University

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 26 2014

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         



ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University saluted the region’s media outlets during Media Appreciation Day Tuesday, Aug. 26. This is the first year for the event which brought media representatives and Concord officials together for a morning discussion on the latest news and developments at the University. The gathering was held in University Point on the Athens campus and was hosted by Concord’s Office of Advancement.

“Concord University truly appreciates and recognizes the role of the media in helping to inform the public of the many great things going on here by our students, faculty and staff,” Program Coordinator Senior Amy Pitzer said. “We wanted to honor the folks in media and thank them for a job well done; and, of course, leave the event with lots of additional story ideas.  We have a considerable number of Concord alumni who work at various media outlets in the area and we’re proud of the good work they do.  This event gave us the opportunity to say ‘thank you,’ have some fun and still get some work done!”

The agenda began with welcoming remarks in the Wilkes Family Chapel followed by “Meet the President,” a press conference with Concord University’s 12th President Dr. Kendra Boggess.

Two rounds of concurrent sessions then offered guests the opportunity to gather information and story ideas on a variety of topics. Academics and athletics were the focus of the first sessions.

Chairs of the University’s six academic divisions participating in the discussion include: Dr. Susan Robinett, Division of Business; Dr. Richard Druggish, Division of Education; Mr. Jack Sheffler, Division of Fine Arts; Dr. Charles Brichford, Division of Humanities; Dr. W.R. Winfrey, Division of Science, Mathematics and Health;  and, Dr. Susan Williams, Division of Social Sciences.

Concord’s Athletic Director Kevin Garrett, Sports Information Director Tyler McIntosh and Mountain Lion coaches reported on the 2014-2015 season.

The second sessions featured “Story Idea Networking” with the President’s Cabinet and the opportunity to learn about campus safety.

Chief Mark Stella, Director of Public Safety, discussed emergency preparedness and response.

Cabinet members participating include: Dr. Cheryl Barnes, Associate Dean; Dr. Chuck Becker, Vice President for Business and Finance; Mr. Rick Dillon, Vice President for Administration; Mr. Chuck Elliott, Chief Information Technology Officer; Mr. Dan Fitzpatrick, Human Resources Director; Dr. Marjie Flanigan, Vice President for Student Affairs; Mrs. Jacqueline Nottingham, Chief Enrollment Management Officer; Mrs. Sarah Turner, Alumni Director; Dr. Peter Viscusi, Interim Vice President and Academic Dean; and Dr. Susan Williams, Erma Byrd Center Director.


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