Glenville State College

Glenville State College President Tracy Pellet.
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The president of Glenville State College is leaving the post this year.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports President Tracy Pellett is resigning effective June 30.

February 5, 1890: Cam Henderson Born in Marion County

Feb 5, 2019
Henderson played the tournament with only eight players due to budget restrictions on travel.
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Coach Cam Henderson was born in Marion County on February 5, 1890. He grew up in Harrison County before attending Glenville State College, where he played football, basketball, and baseball. In 1923, he started a successful 12-year run as head football and basketball coach at Davis and Elkins College. Then, in 1935, he moved on to Marshall College.

Concord University's Marsh Hall Bell Tower.
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A report looking at higher education in West Virginia has recommended merging the governing boards of Bluefield State College, Concord University, Glenville State College and West Virginia State University.

The report labels those four schools "medium risk to high risk" in sustainability. It says the four are "sustainable in the short-term, but their futures are uncertain." The report recommended the move, in the short term, for Bluefield and Concord, and in the long term for Glenville and WVSU.

Glenville State College

This year’s state budget included more than $16 million in cuts to higher education institutions, forcing many schools to raise tuition and fees. But Glenville State College is trying to buck that trend.

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Glenville State College is bringing in three presidential finalists for on-campus interviews.

The college says in a news release that each candidate will have two-day visits later this month.

Peter Barr Glenville State College President
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Glenville State College is looking for a new president to begin duties next July.

President Peter Barr announced in August he will retire at the end of the current academic year.

Peter Barr Glenville State College President
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Glenville State College President Peter Barr says he plans to step down after this academic year.

The college announced Wednesday in a news release that Barr will retire effective next June.

Cash Money
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Officials for the commission that oversees West Virginia's four-year colleges have warned that, by at least one indicator of a school's financial strength, many appear to be weakening.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that staff members of the Higher Education Policy Commission said during a meeting Monday that several schools had less than two months of cash on hand at the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

Shepherd University Sign, McMurran Hall
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Two colleges in West Virginia will receive federal grants to help students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds succeed in higher education.The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded $23.4 million to more than 100 institutions in 36 states. That's in addition to $270 million for 968 institutions in similar grants announced a month ago.

NASA

Glenville State College art students have drawn up a colorful display for use by a NASA facility in Fairmont.

The display is to be used during career fairs, conferences and meetings for the staff of NASA's Independent Verification and Validation program.

Jessica Lilly

There’s a culture of music that’s been passed down orally through the hills of West Virginia for many generations.

Old time music has roots in Celtic and Native American cultures, as well as American ballads and popular music and poems that passed on through oral tradition. The practice of learning young the tunes of their ancestors is alive and well in Sophia, in Raleigh County.

“There’s a lot of good words in an old country song," Carl Hensly of Beckley said. "A lot of times it’s something that they go through."

Hensly is part of a small group of old time country, folks, bluegrass and gospel lovers that meet once a week at Sophia Fire Department in Raleigh County. The door is open to anyone that wants to join on Tuesday nights.