West Virginia Executive Summer 2014 - Page 10

[ in this issue | summer 2014 ] the Education issue Dr. Ed Welch 65 41 57 As one of the longest-tenured university presidents in West Virginia’s higher education history, Dr. Ed Welch is wellknown around Charleston as a leader and a community supporter. Since his arrival at University of Charleston in 1989, he has led a campus-wide evolution, bringing the school from the verge of closing to last year’s expansions into Beckley, Martinsburg and online learning. FEATURES 39 Power Your Future 41 The Importance of Early Childhood Education 47 Learn and Earn in West Virginia 51 West Virginia’s New University Presidents 57 20th-Century Skills for 21st-Century Jobs 60 Erickson Alumni Centers 69 STEM in West Virginia 74 The Next Step in Higher Education 79 Around the State 60 10 west virginia executive 74