serve as board chair for the American Association of Community Colleges, becoming the first community college president from West Virginia to serve and to be elected to this national organization. Largest Donation in School History Honors Mountaineer Montessori Faculty West Virginia University at Parkersburg staff gather around a portrait of Eldon Miller. The resolution presented to Gnage at the June 2014 board meeting notes her professionalism, dedication and distinction in her role as president and her outstanding leadership and guidance at WVU Parkersburg. The board also recognized Gnage’s leadership in many nonprofit organizations and local, state and national higher education initiatives. “I am so honored to be named president emeritus,” says Gnage. “Words can’t express what it means to have my time and accomplishments recognized in this way. It has been wonderful working with the board, faculty, staff, students and the community to make WVU Parkersburg what it is today: the regional college of choice, the community’s college.” Gnage became the first female and the first African-American president of WVU Parkersburg in 2004. She is the second-longest serving president for WVU Parkersburg. In 2012, she was elected to Wa n e u rs rove y o u r s k i l l s b u t d o t to imp n ’ t h a ve t i m e t o t a ke c o s? s! We O f f e r O n l i n e B u s i n e s s C o u r s e Log on anytime! High Speed Project Management Fundamentals of Supervision & Management Distribution and Logistics Management Courses start the third Accounting Fundamentals Wednesday of each month, Leadership and last for six weeks. Re g i s t e r http://blueridge Online: ctc .aug usoft.net/ Blue Ridge Community and Technical College provides opportunity to all prospective and current members of the student body, faculty, and staff on the basis of individual qualifications and merit without regard to race, color, sex, sexual preference, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital and parental status, familial status, veteran status, or disability. 86 west virginia executive A local family has taken the traditional end-of-year teacher gift to a whole new level with a $30,000 contribution to Mountaineer Montessori School (MMS). The donation marks the single largest gift to MMS in its 38-year history. Two-thirds of the donation was used for the school’s scholarship program in honor of Julie Margolis and Darlene Spangler, longtime MMS faculty members who served as interim directors in 2010-2013 during a leadership transition at the school. The remaining $10,000 was contributed to a faculty appreciation fund. The anonymous donor says, “Through sheer grit and determination, Julie and Darlene managed to not only keep the school together, but they were integral in making it what it is today. They worked countless hours for minimal rewards, and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude. We hope our gift inspires others to dig a little deeper to help less privileged students enjoy the benefits of a M ountaineer Montessori education and to support the school’s dedicated faculty and staff.” Public Interest Law Students Gain Experience by Helping Others This past summer, 15 students from the West Virginia University (WVU) College of Law gained valuable work experience in public interest law while helping those in need.