West Virginia Wesleyan College names new president

BUCKHANNON, W. Va.–West Virginia Wesleyan College removes the interim tag of their President.

For over a year, Dr. James Moore served as interim President of the college in Buckhannon. After their meeting last month, The WVWC Board of Trustees declared Moore as their President, effective immediately. Moore will begin a new 5-year term at the private institute.

“I’m humbled and honored by this opportunity to continue to lead West Virginia Wesleyan College,” Moore said. “This has been my home for 17 years, and I’m excited for us to continue to build upon the victories we’ve had over the past twelve months.”

In those past 12 months, the college has made a handful of investments.

Last month, a partnership with Community Care of West Virginia was created with a master’s degree program in behavioral health/counseling. That was a $1.2M project investment from Aetna Better Health of WV.

In January, the College announced a partnership with Mon Health System that guaranteed job placement for nursing graduates. Dr. Moore also helped secure a $1M grant from the Higher Education Policy Commission to expand undergraduate nursing education.

WVWC partnered with Notre Dame High School for the administration of their performing arts conservatory last summer.

“Under Dr. Moore’s leadership as Interim President, the College has recognized significant accomplishments and has worked hard to realign with our Strategic Plan,” said Caroline Rapking, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “Because of this work and the tangible outcomes, it became apparent to the Board that naming Dr. Moore as the President was in the best interests of West Virginia Wesleyan College.”

Dr. Moore has created some exciting times for students on campus, and looking forward very much to what the future has in store.

“It’s been a very exciting time at West Virginia Wesleyan College and I am grateful for the support of the campus, the broader Buckhannon community, and for the passion of our alumni base,” Moore added.