Concord President Announces Retirement of Key Cabinet Officer

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 23 2001

Concord President Announces Retirement of Key Cabinet Officer

Athens, W.Va. - President Jerry L. Beasley announced the imminent retirement of Vice President for Development J. Douglas Machesney on Monday, October 8. Machesney will be retiring in May 2002.

Dr. Machesney, a West Virginia native with extensive experience in education and management planning, began December 1986, in the newly created cabinet position of vice president for development. He received his Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from WVU in 1971, where he was also inducted into the honorary education society, Phi Delta Kappa.

After serving briefly in administrative posts at WVU, he became executive director of the West Virginia Commission on Higher Education, where he administered the Educational Awareness Talent Search Project and initiated development of the State Scholarship Program. From 1970 to 1972 he served as director of planning and research for the West Virginia Board of Regents, coordinating the development of the West Virginia Community College Plan and the Board of Regent’s management information system. He also supervised federal program coordination.

In 1973 he became assistant state superintendent of schools for West Virginia, administering the Bureau of Planning, Research, and Evaluation. In this role he was responsible for administration of the $500 million Better School Building program, and served on the executive board for the Regional Education Service Agency (RESA-I) encompassing the southern counties of West Virginia.

Prior to his Concord appointment he served seven and one-half years as a senior consultant in a management group with offices in Charleston, West Virginia.

“The development position at Concord was established to provide increased support for the College, its programs and faculty,” stated Jerry L. Beasley, Concord College president.

“Dr. Machesney has served the College well during his tenure with us, and his accomplishments are too numerous to note them all. However, under his leadership, the endowment has grown to the current $16 million from $250,000 in 1987; he has been instrumental in securing federal dollars to aid the College in developing a state of the art technology center; and, he orchestrated the College’s first capital campaign, “Quest for Scholars” in 1988.

“The College’s 33 percent growth in enrollment over the past five years is due in no small measure to Doug’s effective leadership in building and sustaining our scholarship program. Through his vision, the College created the position of director of annual funds as a means to raise critical scholarship dollars. Doug’s foresight in creating this position has enabled many deserving students to attend college, who without this special assistance would have been unable to do so. Students on scholarship today at Concord have him to thank.

“Doug certainly went above and beyond the call of duty during our “Quest,” where we walked 162.4 miles through southern West Virginia to raise scholarship funds. He had blisters-on-blisters, and ‘wobbled like a weeble’ but kept on going,” chuckled Beasley.

“Moreover, his wife, Carolyn, has made significant contributions to the College and our fundraising and development efforts, and supported Doug in his leadership role.

“Doug has assuredly been a key member of our team. We will miss not only his ability to motivate people to serve and support the College, but also his keen sense of humor and quick wit, which often provides us all with much needed levity.”


Photo: Vice President for Development J. Douglas Machesney