West Virginia University at Parkersburg

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West Virginia University at Parkersburg
West Virginia University at Parkersburg seal.png
Seal of West Virginia University at Parkersburg
Former names
Parkersburg Branch of
   West Virginia University
      (1961–1966)
West Virginia University-
      Parkersburg Center
      (1966–1971)
Parkersburg Community College
      (1971–1989)
Motto Summum Bonum (Latin)
Motto in English
The Highest Good
Established 1961
Type Public
President Fletcher M. Lamkin, Ph.D.
Academic staff
Total: 257[1]
(93 full-time / 164 part-time)
Administrative staff
100+[2]
Students 4,292
Undergraduates 4,292
Location Parkersburg, West Virginia, United States
39°13′0″N 81°30′21″W / 39.21667°N 81.50583°W / 39.21667; -81.50583Coordinates: 39°13′0″N 81°30′21″W / 39.21667°N 81.50583°W / 39.21667; -81.50583
Campus Small city
Student newspaper The Chronicle
Nickname Riverhawks
Affiliations NCA ACEN
NCATE CTCS
Website wvup.edu
West Virginia University at Parkersburg logo.png

West Virginia University at Parkersburg is a public college located in Parkersburg, West Virginia, United States. It is a stand-alone college with its own board of governors and degree granting authority, separate from West Virginia University. Conceived as a community college to serve seven counties in west central West Virginia, it now offers baccalaureate programs. It is the largest community college in West Virginia and the state's fifth largest public college with over 3,900 students.[dubious ]

WVU Parkersburg is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).[3]

History[edit]

Entrance to WVU Parkersburg.

The college was founded in 1961 as the Parkersburg Branch of West Virginia University. The school's name was changed to West Virginia University-Parkersburg Center in 1966.[4] It became Parkersburg Community College (PCC) in 1971 and was originally governed by the West Virginia Board of Regents. In a reorganization of the state's higher education governance structure in 1989, the West Virginia Legislature enacted S.B. 420 which, among other initiatives, renamed PCC as West Virginia University at Parkersburg, designating it a regional campus of WVU, and transferred its governance to the newly formed University of West Virginia Board of Trustees.

In 2008, the governance structure of WVU Parkersburg was changed by the state legislature. WVU Parkersburg is now controlled locally by a Board of Governors and is part of a state-wide network of independently accredited community colleges known as the West Virginia Community and Technical College System (CTCS).[5] The WVU Parkersburg Board of Governors approved a Memorandum of Understanding with WVU on May 18, 2009, which outlined a formal relationship between the two schools and designated WVU Parkersburg as an "affiliated institution” of WVU.[6]

Campus[edit]

WVU Parkersburg is located on the outskirts of the city of Parkersburg. The campus is home to, among various buildings, a library, the main administrative building, the College Activities Center, the Workforce and Community Education building, and the Caperton Center for Applied Technology, which opened in 1999.[7][4] Recently completed facilities include the Applied Technology Lab, the Early Childhood Learning Center, and Eldon Miller Plaza.[7] WVU Parkersburg does not have any student housing on campus; it is a commuter school.

The school originally opened in an abandoned elementary school on Emerson Avenue in Parkersburg in 1961.[4][5] The bell from the elementary school, which was cast in 1902 by the Meneely Bell Company, is still used in campus ceremonies and is part of the college's official seal.[8] In 1965, Wood County voters approved a bond levy for construction of a new educational complex. The college moved to its current location once construction was completed in 1969.[4][5]

The Jackson County Center, which opened in 1975, is a smaller campus of WVU Parkersburg and offers a limited number of classes for students living closer to its Ripley, West Virginia location.[4]

WVU Parkersburg's Downtown Center opened on Market Street in Parkersburg in January 2013 to serve the school's new Culinary Academy.[9] The college has a workforce training lab and classroom at the Polymer Alliance Zone's Polymer Technology Park in Davisville, West Virginia.[10][7] WVU Parkersburg also owns a small farm that is used for the Diversified Agriculture program.[11][12]

Academics[edit]

WVU Parkersburg is the first and, thus far, only community college in West Virginia to offer any bachelor's degrees after becoming accredited to do so in 1991.[4] Bachelor's degrees that are currently awarded at WVU Parkersburg include: the Bachelor of Applied Technology in either Information Security, Management, Network Engineering or Software Engineering, Bachelor of Applied Science in either Business Administration, Child Development, Criminal Justice or Legal Studies, the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, the Bachelor of Arts in either Elementary Education or Multi-Disciplinary Studies and the Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) degree, which gives adult students college credit for past work and life experience and allows them to gain a general college-level education without selecting a specific major.[13][14]

WVU Parkersburg also offers Associate's degree and certificate programs, as community colleges traditionally do, in a wide variety of other academic areas which are not offered as baccalaureate programs. The vast majority of these associates degrees are Associates in Applied Sciences degrees, meaning they are non-transferable into four-year degree programs, and therefore not suitable for a student who seeks to continue their education beyond a two-year degree.

WVU Parkersburg is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The school is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).[1]

Athletics[edit]

Riverhawks logo.
Main administrative building.
Caperton Center for Applied Technology.

WVU Parkersburg does not currently field any of its own intercollegiate varsity teams. However, it does field several sport club teams that compete with other colleges, including men's basketball, women's basketball, volleyball, men's soccer, golf and table tennis.[15][16] These teams are known as the Riverhawks, which refers to the Osprey that can be found on Blennerhassett Island near Parkersburg on the Ohio River. The Riverhawks name was voted upon by the student body during the Spring 2009 semester.[15]

Naming issues[edit]

Memorial Clock (Eldon Miller Plaza) at WVU-P.

The school was founded as the Parkersburg Branch of West Virginia University in 1961. Its name was changed to West Virginia University-Parkersburg Center in 1966 and then Parkersburg Community College in 1971.[4] Under Governor Gaston Caperton in 1990, a redesign of the state system of higher education was proposed. The state Speaker of the House was from Parkersburg and added the renaming to the bill. In 1995 this system was replaced by yet another system of college organization under Governor Cecil Underwood, however the school retained the name WVU Parkersburg.

In 2008, the state adopted another system of college organization and "divorced" the community colleges from their parent institutions. WVU and WVU Parkersburg developed several agreements and a memorandum of understanding in the spring of 2009 allowing WVU Parkersburg to retain its name in an "evergreen" agreement.[17][6]

List of Presidents[edit]

  • Todd Bullard, Director, Parkersburg Branch of West Virginia University[18]
  • Dallas Shaffer (1963), Acting Director, Parkersburg Branch of West Virginia University[18]
  • B.L. Coffindaffer (1964–1971), Director, Parkersburg Branch of WVU, 1964–1966, WVU-Parkersburg Center, 1966–1971[18]
  • Robert H. Stauffer (1971–1974), President, Parkersburg Community College[18]
  • Paul Heath (1974), Acting President, Parkersburg Community College[18]
  • Jerry Lee Jones (1974–1978), President, Parkersburg Community College[18]
  • M. Douglas Call (1977–1978), Acting President, Parkersburg Community College[18]
  • Byron McClenney (1978–1981), President, Parkersburg Community College[18]
  • Jim Hales (1981), Acting President, Parkersburg Community College[18]
  • Eldon Miller (1982–2000), President, Parkersburg Community College, Campus President, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, 1982–89, Regional Vice President, West Virginia University, 1989–2000[18]
  • Erik Bitterbaum (2000–2003), Campus President, Regional Vice President, West Virginia University, 2000–2003[18]
  • Joseph L. Badgley, Interim Campus President, Regional Vice President, West Virginia University, 2003–2004[18]
  • Marie Foster Gnage (2004–2014), President, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, 2004–2014, Regional Vice President, West Virginia University, 2004–2008[18]
  • Rhonda Tracy (2014), Interim President[19]
  • Fletcher M. Lamkin (2015–present), President[20]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Human Resources". wvup.edu. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ "HLC Accreditation". wvup.edu. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "West Virginia University at Parkersburg Timeline". wvup.edu. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "WVU at Parkersburg". wvencyclopedia.org. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "FAQs about WVU Relationship". wvup.edu. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c "Campus Map". wvup.edu. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  8. ^ "College Bell". wvup.edu. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  9. ^ "WVU Parkersburg prepares to launch new Culinary Academy". wvup.edu. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Special Projects - Polymer Technology Park". pazwv.org. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Profile Pictures". WVU-P Diversified Agriculture. facebook.com. January 22, 2015. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Diversified Agriculture". wvup.edu. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Bachelor Degree Programs". wvup.edu. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Regents Bachelor of Arts". wvup.edu. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "Athletics". wvup.edu. Retrieved April 3, 2015. 
  16. ^ Saulton, Jeffrey (April 4, 2014). "Don’t Call It PingPong". newsandsentinel.com. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  17. ^ Baucher, Too\dd (June 10, 2009). "Agreements Approved". thenewscenter.tv. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Past Presidents". wvup.edu. Retrieved April 3, 2015. 
  19. ^ "UPDATE: Interim WVU-P President Reflects On Her Six Months In Office". thenewscenter.tv. December 12, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2015. 
  20. ^ Saulton, Jeffrey (January 15, 2015). "Lamkin welcomed to WVU-P". newsandsentinel.com. Parkersburg News and Sentinel. Retrieved April 3, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Sen. Donna Boley to speak at WVU Parkersburg fall commencement". wvup.edu. December 12, 2012. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Del. Anna Border, 9th". wvgop.org. West Virginia Republican Party. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Mission accomplished: Ex-POW Jessica Lynch graduates – a decade after she enlisted in the army to fund her studies". dailymail.co.uk. The Daily Mail. December 17, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Sen. David Nohe, 3rd". wvgop.org. West Virginia Republican Party. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 

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