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Wood Calls for Collaboration in Davis & Elkins College’s Journey to the Future With an eye toward the future, his wife, Lisa, by his side and a call for collaboration among the campus and greater com- munities to continue Davis & Elkins (D&E) College’s journey, Chris Wood took the oath of office as the college’s 15th presi- dent this spring. “Since August 1, I have come to know the people of D&E, the history of this institution and the uniqueness of this college and began to glimpse the opportunities for the future,” Wood told the crowd. “You welcomed Lisa, Lacey, Lexi and me and invited us to become a part of this community. Now, our journeys are joined together, and I am grateful for your welcome and embrace.” Prior to coming to D&E, Wood was vice president for ad- vancement at Wesley College in Dover, DE. He has also worked as vice president for advancement at the University of Mount Olive in Mount Olive, NC; executive director of Mission West Virginia Inc.; and, as an ordained United Methodist pastor, served congregations in Illinois and Maryland. Fayetteville Businesses Receive Bicycle Friendly Business Designation Two Fayetteville businesses have been selected to receive the Bicycle Friendly Business designation from the League of American Bicyclists. This distinction recognizes efforts taken by businesses to accommodate and encourage bicycle riding in their communities. Marathon Bicycle Company and New River Bikes were both awarded the Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Business designation. The Fayetteville businesses will be added 126 WEST VIRGINIA EXECUTIVE Chris Wood takes the oath of office as Davis & Elkins College’s 15th president. to a network that spans the entire U.S. and helps attract visitors to the recognized locations. West Virginia was already home to six other businesses that received the award, but these are the first located in Southern West Virginia.  The league also recognizes Bicycle Friendly Universities and Bicycle Friendly Communities. Currently, Morgantown is the only city recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the league within West Virginia.  RMHC of Southern West Virginia Caps Milestone Year with Local Award and Staff Honors Just six months after opening the new home for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Southern West Virginia, the organization was among a select group of honorees selected