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Dr. Kendra Boggess, Concord University Concord University named Dr. Kendra Boggess president after appointing her interim president on July 1, 2013. Boggess has served for three decades at Concord in academics and administration. She has seen the university go through many changes since her start—changes she is confident were for the betterment of Concord and its students. “In 2004, Concord College became Conco rd University, and this transition allowed us to create and offer graduate level programs in the fields of education, health promotion and social work to better serve the needs of our students and surrounding communities,” says Boggess. “Another change is that students today are different in many ways than they were 30 years ago. They learn differently; therefore, we are using different teaching modalities.” To address this change in learning, Concord offers traditional courses, online 54 west virginia executive courses and programs and classes taught by interactive video technology. The university also offers additional courses and programs at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center in Beckley. Having served Concord for an extended period of time, Boggess believes the experience she has gained has prepared her for this position. “My years of service provide me with the advantage of knowing many alumni, of having built relationships with many business and community leaders over the same period and of knowing the faculty and staff well,” says Boggess. “The other advantage is knowing our areas of greatest strength and those areas where we need to immediately build systems to better serve our students.” Since joining Concord’s faculty in 1984, Boggess’ academic experience has consisted of teaching various undergraduate business courses, serving as the chair of the Division of Business from 1996-2009 and serving as Concord’s faculty president in both 2008 and 2009. Before accepting the presidency, Boggess served as an associate dean at Concord from 2009-2011 and was appointed as interim vice president and academic dean in August 2011. With the support of the board of governors, faculty, staff and students, Boggess is ecstatic to position the university for future success. “There are so many things going on at Concord now, and I am committed to finding ways to continue to see the university provide high-quality educational experiences for our students based upon strong liberal arts foundations,” says Boggess. “I am also excited to have the opportunity to build and strengthen the university’s relationships with our wonderful alumni. They really are found in every location we visit, and it is such a privilege for me to be able to meet and work with them.” As a new academic year begins, Boggess urges incoming freshman to take advantage of everything CU has to offer. “I would advise all new students to take the experience of college seriously and to also enjoy every moment of their time as a student,” she says. “Students at Concord can get a fine, high-quality education that leads to many opportunities postgraduation. Our students have the opportunity to work with the finest faculty, staff and administrators in the region, people dedicated to students’ success in classes and in their long-term futures.” “I am committed to finding ways to continue to see the university provide high-quality educational experiences for our students based upon strong liberal arts foundations.” Boggess also advises students to take what they have learned beyond the lecture hall. “Our students engage in a variety of activities, and we encourage them to become active and involved in the campus community, within and outside the classroom,” she says. “Ongoing and varied extracurricular activities are available, offering opportunities for students to have fun, build friendships and volunteer in this and other communities.” Boggess, who encourages students to be active in their community, believes it is important for her to give back as well. The newly-elected president currently serves on numerous community boards including the Chuck Mathena Center Foundation, the Kyle Foundation, the WISE Women’s Center and Community Connections. “Each of these groups has specific missions that speak to my heart,” says Boggess. “Having a positive impact on society through community service is an effective way to tackle specific social and societal issues. The community engagement we share with friends and neighbors helps us have connections with others, supports our communities and offers great opportunities for learning.”