Concord University

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Concord University
Concord University Seal Burgundy.png
Former names
Concord State Normal School, Concord College
Type Public, four year, Undergraduate, Graduate
Established 1872
President Dr. Kendra Boggess[1][2]
Students Fall 2012: 2,834 headcount[3]
Location Athens, West Virginia, USA
Campus Rural, 123-acre (50 ha)
park-like campus
Colors maroon and gray
Nickname Mountain Lions
Affiliations West Virginia Higher Education System
Marsh Hall and its Bell Tower

Concord University is a comprehensive, public, liberal arts institution located in Athens, West Virginia, United States, founded on February 28, 1872, when the West Virginia Legislature passed "an Act to locate a Branch State Normal School, in Concord Church, in the County of Mercer".

Founded by veterans of both the Union and the Confederacy, Concord is named for the ideal of "harmony and sweet fellowship".

It is known for its picturesque campus which has been dubbed "The Campus Beautiful"[4][5] and its scenic location on a knoll overlooking the mountains in the area.[6] The University also operates a center and conducts classes in Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia.

The university owns and operates low-power radio station WVCU-LP.[7] The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Year — Selected events[8][9]
  • 1872 — West Virginia State Legislature establishes the name of Concord for the new school
  • 1875 — Classes start with 70 students
  • 1887 — State funds provide for a new brick building on the site of the present Athens Middle School
  • 1896 — Another post office in Hampshire County, West Virginia was called "Concord;" therefore, the town's name is changed to "Athens" after the Greek city and a center of learning
  • 1910 — Fire destroys the original brick building and the campus is moved to its present site
  • 1912 — A new building erected, called Old Main, which is currently known as Marsh Hall
  • 1918 — Start of expansion with new residence halls, gymnasium, as well as academic programs
  • 1931 — Name changed to "Concord State Teachers College"
  • 1943 — Name changed to "Concord College" and the United States Army Air Corps 15th College Training Detachment uses the campus
  • 1945 — Start of postwar enrollment growth and expansion of physical plant, including a new Science Building
  • 1959 – Expansion of campus continues (College Center, student and faculty housing) as well as of the curriculum emphasizing quality and a cosmopolitan faculty
  • 1973 – West Virginia Board of Regents and the State Legislature propose to merge Concord and Bluefield State Colleges
  • 1976 – The administrative merger is abandoned and Concord's enrollment increases with new academic programs
  • 2004 – Name changed to "Concord University"
Concord University Library
Entrance to the Science Hall
Art Building and part of the Theatre on the left
Student Center on the Athens campus
The Nick J. Rahall Center
University Point

Academic programs[edit]

Concord offers 15 undergraduate majors in a variety of subjects.

Graduate programs[edit]

Concord offers Master's degrees in these fields:[10]

  • Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Social Work


Concord University's campus features numerous buildings and facilities.

  • The majority of administrative offices, as well as the education, social sciences, and languages and literature divisions, are located in Marsh Hall (known as ADMIN on campus). Marsh Hall also features a 48-bell carillon atop the building.
  • The Science Building, attached to Marsh Hall, houses science laboratories and the natural sciences division.
  • The Alexander Fine Arts Center, home to the fine arts division, features the Main Auditorium, art galleries, H.C. Paul Theatre, art laboratories, classrooms, and the office of the student newspaper.
  • The Carter Center houses the University's two gymnasiums, athletic offices, classrooms, racquetball courts, indoor athletic facilities, and the swimming pool.
  • The Student Center features the University's cafeteria, food court, student government office, student support offices, mail office, and development, alumni, and public relations offices. The Student Center also features a ballroom and conference facilities.
  • The Bonner House houses the offices of the Bonner Scholars Program, a conference room, the counseling center, and faculty offices.
  • The Woodrum House is home to students from the ALEF (Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation) Fellowship, a leadership organization on campus.
  • The Maintenance Building houses the public safety offices, receiving station, and maintenance facilities. Witherspoon Park features faculty housing.
  • The President's House and Vice President's House as well as other homes are located on campus.
  • The campus also features an observatory.
  • The campus also features the largest library in southern West Virginia, the J. Frank Marsh Library, which is a depository for federal documents. The library offers computer labs and facilities, microfiche, copying services, a juvenile section, and the University's archives. In the basement of the library, the University has its Center for Academic Technologies, which features a television studio, radio station and studio, a DNA laboratory, as well as distance education and technology classrooms.[11]
  • Concord University's outdoor athletic facilities include Callaghan Stadium featuring an artificial turf field funded by June O. Shott. Callaghan Stadium also features track and field facilities, tennis courts and a baseball/softball practice field. Anderson Field, located on the outskirts of the campus, features the soccer field and baseball/softball field.
  • Concord University features five main residence halls: The Twin Towers, North (women's) and South (men's), Laura A. Sarvay Hall (coed), Damarius O. Wilson Hall (women's), and W.S. "Woody" Wooddell Hall, referred to on-campus as "The Woo" (men's).
  • The Nick Rahall Technology Center, a state-of-the-art facility.[12] It is the home of the Division of Business, the Entrepreneurial Studies Program, the Center for Academic Technologies, and the University computer center. This US$14 million project is a central location for McDowell, Wyoming, Raleigh, Fayette, Greenbrier, Summers, Mercer and Monroe Counties of West Virginia where existing business may obtain training/orientation in technologies. The Center also houses the Concord University Entrepreneurial Studies Program, supported by a grant from the Hugh Ike Shott Foundation. Incubator businesses, gifted Concord students, as well as professional Concord consulting faculty from the School of Business and other disciplines, are brought together in the Rahall Center to use the area's "brain trust" to create entrepreneurial advantages for Southern West Virginia.
  • The new University Point facility, housing the Erickson Alumni Center as well as the Wilkes Family Interfaith Chapel and Museum.[13]

Other campuses[edit]

The Erma Byrd Higher Education Center in Beckley, WV

Concord University's main campus is located in Athens, West Virginia. However, the University also operates a center in Beckley, Raleigh County. The facility is located in the Erma Byrd Center (named after the deceased spouse of Robert Byrd), 300 University Drive in Beaver (Access via I-64, Exit 125B, Airport Road). The Center was designed to serve as a catalyst to attract business and industry to the area. The Beckley office coordinates classes at the Erma Byrd Center as well as at several other facilities in and surrounding Beckley.

Campus organizations[edit]

Concord sponsors nearly 200 on-campus organizations, including fraternities, sororities, religious and political organizations, an Art Society, chapters of Delta Zeta, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Phi Alpha Delta, Alpha Phi Omega, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Phi Sigma Phi, Sigma Tau Gamma, Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Sigma Tau, College Republicans, Young Democrats, a chapter of Amtgard known as the "Shire of Nowhere Mountains," and a community theatre organization known as the Appalachian Shakespeare Project.

The Concord University Student Government Association (SGA) is responsible for many changes on campus, and is active in every aspect of Concord life. All organizations are required to send a representative to all SGA meetings. The Student Government at Concord University is especially inadequate compared to other SGAs in West Virginia, and is noted for its model judicial system wherein a student court, composed entirely of students, handles the majority of adjudications for most student offenses.

Residence life[edit]

Residence halls, the North and South Towers

There are five residence halls on campus. North (Female) and South (Male) Towers house the fraternities and sororities as well as Honors and several sports teams. Each floor has two lounges. There is one co-ed hall, Sarvay, which is also the oldest building on campus still standing. Sarvay is traditionally a female dorm but due to lack of housing, males live on the first floor. The other two halls are Wilson for females and Woodell, nicknamed "The Woo," for males. Housing is not divided by year. Several floors are set aside as "Substance free," and the rest allow alcohol if both residents are over 21.


Official athletics logo.
A football game on campus
A mountain lion in front of the library

Concord University, known athletically as the Mountain Lions, is home to many intercollegiate and intramural athletics teams. The men's intercollegiate teams include: baseball, basketball, football, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track & field. The women's intercollegiate teams include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and track & field. Concord University is a NCAA Division II school, and a member of the Mountain East Conference. The Office of Student Affairs provides intramurals in many athletic activities, including flag football, volleyball, and basketball.[14] On November 29, 2014 the football team won its first ever playoff game by beating West Chester University 51-36. This was also its first 12-0 season.[15] The following week they beat Bloomsburg University 32-26 to advance to the semifinals. On December 13, 2014 in the semifinals game in Mankato, Minnesota, Concord lost to Minnesota State University, Mankato 47-13, ending the season with a record of 13-1, their best ever.[16]

Notable alumni[edit]

Entrance sign


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  9. ^ "History & Goals". Concord University. Archived from the original on 5 October 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Graduate Studies - Graduate Studies". Retrieved 4 February 2018. 
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  12. ^ Sorah, Annette (29 February 2008). "Tech Center to Help Concord Students Develop Skills". The State Journal. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "University Point". Concord University Office of Advancement. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "Concord University Lions". Concord University Athletics. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
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  16. ^ "Minnesota State Mankato Romps Into NCAA Division II Title Game". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
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Coordinates: 37°25′32″N 81°0′16″W / 37.42556°N 81.00444°W / 37.42556; -81.00444