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Boggess Selected for Concord's Next President

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The Concord University Board of Governors has selected Dr. Kendra Boggess as the University’s 12th president.  According to a release, the board made the decision during a meeting on Tuesday.

Boggess was one of three finalists for the presidency of Concord following a nationwide search. She is currently serving as Concord’s interim president.

“We were lucky to have three very highly qualified candidates,” Mr. David Barnette, chair of the Presidential Search Committee, said.

“We believe Kendra Boggess is going to be a great leader. We believe we’ve made the best choice going forward and looking toward the future.”

“We had a very good and broad field of candidates with a variety of experience,” BOG Chair Mr. Elliot Hicks said.

“Each candidate could have brought good things to us, but we were able to see what Dr. Boggess could bring in a very short time as interim president and we were impressed with her dedication and commitment to the University and the community.”

“We thought she would be the best person to heal any concerns and to launch Concord on the path it needs to take to excel,” he said.

“I’m honored to have been selected and look forward to working with all of my colleagues in moving the institution forward and achieving the University’s mission and goals,” Dr. Boggess said.

Boggess has been a part of Concord, academically or administratively, for more than three decades. She’s also served on numerous national, state, institutional and divisional committees and has been recognized for her leadership.  She is an active and respected member of the local business and civic community. 

The decision still needs approval by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. That decision is expected this weekend. If approved, Boggess will officially become president on July 1.

Southern W.Va. Bureau Chief, Reporter/Producer, jlilly@wvpublic.org, 304-384-5981, @JessicaYLilly

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