Concord Welcomes Both Returning and New Faculty, Staff

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 14 2003

Concord Welcomes Both Returning and New Faculty, Staff

Athens, W. Va. – Concord College hosted an orientation for new faculty Friday, August 15, 2003. “We live in interesting times,” suggested Dr. Dean Turner, vice president and academic dean, as he welcomed both returning and new faculty and staff.

Dr. April Puzzuoli reported on the College’s assessment process noting that Concord came out at or near the top in most categories.

Concord President Jerry Beasley welcomed guests and noted that the “TRIO” programs were refunded. (TRIO programs are federally funded programs that support student learning and include Student Support Services, McNair and Upward Bound.) He also thanked Beckley Director Dr. Bill O’Brien for his work on improving the teaching of American history in the public schools. “Despite our budget woes in West Virginia,” stated Beasley, “we—on this mountaintop—are a fortunate group of people.”

Dr. Turner announced the following new faculty at Concord College:

Dr. Duane T. Alderman – non-tenure track Associate Professor of Education. B.S. & Ed.D., Virginia Tech; M.A., Gardner-Webb University. Comes here from Bland, Virginia.

Dr. Sally Campbell – Assistant Professor of Political Science. B.S. & Ph.D., University of Houston; M.A., Rice University. Comes here from Houston, Texas.

Mr. Michael E. Gutelius – non-tenure track Assistant Football Coach/Instructor in Physical Education. B.A., Catholic University of America; M.Ed., University of LaVerne. Comes here from Marshville, North Carolina.

Dr. D. Craig Huddy – Associate Professor of Health Education. B.A., Wilkes University; M.S., Old Dominion University; Ph.D., Purdue University. Comes here from Greensboro, North Carolina.

Mr. David L. Lawson, Jr. – Assistant Professor of Computer Science. B.S., Virginia Military Institute; M.S., The Pennsylvania State University. Comes here from Princeton, West Virginia.

Dr. Tracy L. Luff – non-tenure track Assistant Professor of Sociology. B.S., Salisbury University; M.S. & Ph.D., Virginia Tech. Comes here from Christiansburg, Virginia.

Ms. Rebecca J. Meisenbach – Assistant Professor of Communication Arts. B.A. & M.A., Wake Forest University; Ph.D. (expected August 2004), Purdue University. Comes here from Lafayette, Indiana.

Dr. J. Murray Murdoch, Jr. – Assistant Professor of Philosophy and History. B.A., Cedarville College; M.A. & Ph.D., Fordham University. Comes here from Bronx, New York.

Dr. Nancy J. Niles – Associate Professor of Business. Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana. Comes here from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Ms. Christina M. Rock – non-tenure track Assistant Professor of Psychology. B.S., College of Charleston; M.S. & doctoral coursework, Virginia Tech. Taught adjunct for Concord since 1996. Comes here from Charleston, West Virginia.

Mr. Christopher O. Ryder – non-tenure track Assistant Professor of Music. B.A., Mary Washington College; M.A., George Mason University; D.M.A. (expected December 2003), Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University. Comes here from Fredericksburg, Virginia.


PROMOTIONS: Dr. Charles Brichford, Professor of English; Dr. Eloise Elliott, Professor of Physical Education; Dr. William Winfrey, Professor of Mathematics


RECEIVED MASTERS: Mr. Fernando Porras

SABBATICALS: Dr. Hugh Campbell, Spring 2004; Dr. W. R. Winfrey, ½ all year

FELLOWSHIPS: Dr. Eloise Elliott, West Virginia University


President, Charles Brichford; Vice President, Cecilia Fizer; Interim Secretary of the Faculty (for Mary Edna Beckett), Martha Shrewsbury; Parliamentarian, David Bard; Concord College Board of Governors, Charles Brichford; State Advisory Council of Faculty, Robert Whittinghill; Academic Policy Committee, Kathy Liptak, George Towers; Administrative Policies and Procedures Committee (1 elected), Darrin Martin; Faculty Budget Committee (1 elected), Gina Sturgill; Faculty Development Committee, Joe Manzo; Institutional Hearing Committee, Nancy Burton, Sheila Chipley, Michael Cox, Bill Deck, Angie Edwards, Steve Glazer, Danette Light, Tonya McKinley, Andy Necessary, Susan Robinett, Jack Sheffler, Stephanie Songer and Sarah Whittaker.

NEW STAFF, JULY 1, 2002 TO JULY 1, 2003

Marsha Phillips, accounting assistant I, hired 7-17-02; Elizabeth Cahill, financial reporting officer (non-classified), hired 8-1-02; Anna Mills, resident hall director, hired 8-16-02; Tracy Gravely, sports coach, hired 8-17-02; Rebecca King, secretary (½ time) hired 8-17-02; Angela Harmon, accounting assistant I, hired 9-16-02; Phillip “Greg “ Quick, football coach (non-classified) hired 12-30-02; Kent Gamble, director of enrollment (non-classified) hired 2-17-03.


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