Dr. Scott McKinney has been appointed Chief Financial Officer at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He will begin his duties at The United Methodist-related school on May 21.
McKinney brings vast experience in private higher education to the post. He has most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Administration and Finance at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. He has previously served in key finance administrative roles at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, and Lees-McRae College.
He is a certified public accountant (CPA), licensed by the State of North Carolina, and began his career at Ernst & Young. He has held a number of leadership positions the North Carolina Association of CPAs. He has also served as the President of the Avery County Habitat for Humanity, the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce Board, the Banner Elk Tourism Development Authority Board, and held membership on several other professional and community service organizations.
Dr. McKinney earned his Ed.D. and Ed.S. with a concentration in education leadership from Lynchburg University. He received his MBA from Appalachian State University, and a B.S. from Mars Hill College. He is also a graduate of the College Business Management Institute in Lexington, KY and holds a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University and a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Lily Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.
“I am delighted to serve in an outstanding higher education institution with such clarity about being a community of learning based on fundamental principles formed at the intersection of Christian faith and liberal education,” said Dr. McKinney. “It is an honor to serve with Dr. Thierstein and the senior leadership team, and I am eager to ensure that Wesleyan remains a relevant and financially viable institution.”
“Scott brings significant experience to the position,” noted Wesleyan President Dr. Joel Thierstein. “We are excited to welcome Scott to the Wesleyan campus.”