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A New Era of Leadership By Maggie Matsko Universities Welcome New Presidents The 2014-2015 school year will usher in a new era of leadership for Concord University (CU) and West Virginia University (WVU) with the appointment of the schools’ new presidents. Both were selected to lead their respective universities in the spring, a choice based not only on their extensive academic backgrounds but also on their passion and desire to see all-around success for their respective universities. The higher education system is constantly evolving, and both are committed to ensuring their students are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. In April, CU named Dr. Kendra Boggess the university’s 12th president and the first woman president in the school’s history. Boggess has been with the university for the past 30 years, during which time she taught various undergraduate business courses in the school’s Division of Business and served as the division’s chair, faculty president, associate dean, interim vice president and academic dean. This past March, WVU welcomed E. Gordon Gee back as president for the third time. Before returning to the Mountain State, Gee held the presidential role at The Ohio State University, Vanderbilt University, Brown University and the University of Colorado. His service in higher education spans more than three decades, and in 2009, his career was honored when Time named him one of the Top 10 College Presidents in the United States. Both Boggess and Gee have proven their dedication to their respective universities and the students who attend. Each has been recognized for their leadership qualities within their communities and has the desire to move their universities forward. These presidents possess the determination to create growth and additional opportunities for their students, faculty and staff. Concord University, located in Athens, WV. West Virginia University’s downtown campus in Morgantown, WV. www.wvexecutive.com summer 2014 53