West Virginia Wesleyan College
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West Virginia Wesleyan creates a unique learning environment that enables our students to develop the skills, values, relationships, and perspectives that will allow them to obtain employment, enhance their employment, and be leaders throughout their lives. They are well prepared to be successful and respected citizens of a rapidly changing world.
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West Virginia Wesleyan College challenges its students to a life-long commitment to develop their intellectual, ethical, spiritual, and leadership potential and to set and uphold standards of excellence.
Firmly rooted in the liberal arts tradition and closely related to The United Methodist Church, the College is a community of learning based on fundamental principles formed at the intersection of Christian faith and liberal education: intellectual rigor, self-discovery, human dignity, mutual support, social justice, self-discipline, mental and physical wellness, the appreciation of diversity and the natural world, and the judicious use of resources.
The College recognizes and affirms its interdependence with the external communities-local, regional, national, and global-and its covenant with the people of West Virginia to share its educational and cultural resources.
West Virginia Wesleyan College prepares its students through its curriculum of arts and sciences, preprofessional, professional, and graduate studies, and its rich campus life program. As a residential institution of higher education, the College aspires to graduate broadly educated men and women who:
- Think critically and creatively.
- Communicate effectively.
- Act responsibly.
- Demonstrate their local and world citizenship through service.
The College as a whole is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an institutional accrediting agency authorized by the US Department of Education:
The Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604, (800) 621-7440, www.hlcommision.org.
It is approved by the University Senate of The United Methodist Church.
It is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music and is approved by the West Virginia Department of Education and the undergraduate education program is approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education
2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; telephone 1-202-466-7496.
The College participates in the Interstate Certification Project, whereby a number of states certify teachers graduating from Wesleyan’s Department of Education.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in nursing/ and post-graduate APRN certificate program at West Virginia Wesleyan College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at West Virginia Wesleyan College is
pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.
Wesleyan’s BSN program is fully approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Nurses
90 MacCorkle Ave SW #203, South Charleston, WV 25303, telephone 304-744-0900.
Shenandoah University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-409, (404) 679-4500.
Shenandoah’s Nurse-Midwifery Program is accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (www.midwife.org/accreditation). Shenandoah’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
The Athletic Training Program of West Virginia Wesleyan College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
2001 K Street NW, 3rd Floor North, Washington, DC 20006. Telephone 512-733-9700.
The College holds membership in the Appalachian College Association, The National Association for Independent Colleges and University, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, The National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church, and the Council of Independent Colleges.
2021-2022 West Virginia Wesleyan College Board of Trustees
Mr. John F. Allevato ’76
Chaplain Michael T. Bradfield ’75
Rev. Dr. Ellis E. Conley ’73
Dr. Christine R. Rapking Cox ’69, Hon. ’13
Dr. Krista L. Haught Denning ’97
Mrs. Tracy S. Dunn-Cunningham
Rev. Dr. Joseph S. Kenaston ’81 (Secretary)
Mr. Paul S. Klick III ’66
Mr. John A. Lhota ’76
Mr. Brian A. Maxwell
Mr. Justin Raber ’08
Rev. Dr. Ken A. Ramsey ’84
Ms. Caroline H. Rapking ’79 (Chair)
Mr. Michael B. Reger ’89
Dr. Sarah J. Rinehart ’97
Dr. Joanne Cadorette Soliday ’69, Hon. ’16
Mr. Kevin W. Spear ’76
Ms. Tara L. Steed ’87
Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball
Mr. Craig D. Welsh ’93
Mr. David A. Young ’87
Ex Officio Members
Hannah Cook, Student Senate President
Tara Steed ‘87, President of the Alumni Council
Nancy Wheeler, Staff Council Chair
Sandra L. Steiner Ball, Resident Bishop of the West Virginia Conference
Joel P. Thierstein, President of West Virginia Wesleyan College
Kim Bjorgo Thorne, Faculty Senate Chair
President Joel Thierstein
For over 20 years, Dr. Joel Thierstein has established a national reputation as a distinctive leader in higher education. He comes to Wesleyan after serving as the executive vice president and provost at Mount St. Joseph University, having also recently completed a stint as interim president at the university.
Prior to his tenure at Mount St. Joseph University, Dr. Thierstein served as a provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kentucky State University. He also was the associate provost at Rice University and executive director of Connexions. He was a professor and administrator at Oregon State University and Baylor University, a professor at Purdue University Calumet and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and a visiting professor of Communications Law at Syracuse University.
His recent works have focused on the development of innovative educational models and the role of higher education in the 21st century. He has made numerous presentations on the role of academy in the digital age at such broad-ranging venues as the National Academy of Sciences and Harvard University.
In 2011, he joined the team of the Under Secretary of the United States Department of Education as Senior Advisor to lead and inform the crafting of United States higher education policy. He worked to develop policy in several areas including open education, alternative credentialing, assessment, and accreditation.
Dr. Thierstein has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Open CourseWare Consortium and is one of the founders of Peer 2 Peer University. His work has been funded by many organizations including the Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Twenty Million Minds Foundation, and Maxfield Foundation.
Throughout his career, Dr. Thierstein has worked in advanced technology. From 2002-09, he sat as a voting member of the Advanced Television Systems Committee, the international standards setting body for digital television.
The publisher of several books, he has written and presented numerous papers, both nationally and internationally. He has also served as an expert on a variety of educational and industry topics to numerous media outlets including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Money Magazine and U.S. News & World Report.
Dr. Thierstein earned a Ph.D., master of science, and bachelor of science in mass communications from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He also holds a J.D. from Syracuse University, E.I. White College of Law.
He is the father of one daughter, Emily.
Dr. Thierstein began his duties as President of the College on July 1, 2017.
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