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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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  • Our Mission

    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.
  • Accreditation

    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.

    Wesleyan’s athletic programs are affiliated with the Mountain East Conference (MEC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division II.

  • Our Board

    2022-2023 West Virginia Wesleyan College Board of Trustees

    Elected Members

    John F. Allevato ’76
    Brian Brouillette ’82
    Rev. Dr. Ellis E. Conley ’73
    Bill Fahrner ’96, MBA ’02
    Jason Fiegel ’00
    Dr. Christine R. Rapking Cox ’69, Hon. ’13
    Tracy S. Dunn-Cunningham
    Dr. Alan Letton
    Brian A. Maxwell
    Justin Raber ’08
    Caroline H. Rapking ’79 (Chair)
    Rev. Vance Ross ’79
    Rev. Amy Shanholtzer ’87
    Dr. Joanne Cadorette Soliday ’69, Hon. ’16
    Kevin W. Spear ’76, chair-elect
    Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball
    Craig D. Welsh ’93
    Jamion Wolford ’08

    Ex Officio Members

    Sadie Nichols, Student Senate President
    Tara Steed ‘87, President of the Alumni Council
    Jonathan Andrew, Staff Council Chair
    Sandra L. Steiner Ball, Resident Bishop of the West Virginia Conference
    James Moore,  President of West Virginia Wesleyan College
    Kim Bjorgo Thorne, Faculty Senate Chair

  • Meet Our President

    Dr. James Moore, President at West Virginia Wesleyan College,  served as Director of Jazz Ensembles and instructor of trumpet at Wesleyan from 2006 to 2017 and Dean of the Faculty from 2017-2022. From 2011 to 2017, he served as the chairperson of the Department of Music at  Wesleyan and has worked to build one of the most vibrant collegiate jazz programs in the region.

    Dr. Moore is an active member of the Pittsburgh jazz community where he is a member of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and has been a member of RH Factor—the Roger Humphries quintet. In addition to his work in Pittsburgh he performs regularly with the Norman David Eleventet in Philadelphia as well as many other collaborative ventures in that city. He has performed with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ahmad Jamal, Sheryl Bailey, Tim Warfield, and the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra. Moore appeared on Bob Mintzer’s GRAMMY nominated album For the Moment, released on the MCG Jazz label in 2012. He also appears on Mintzer’s joint album with the critically acclaimed New York Voices, Meeting of Minds (Live), also on MCG Jazz. In 2015, Moore appeared alongside NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a reprisal of the famous Charlie Parker and Clifford Brown with strings recordings.

    Moore is also an active clinician, having worked with many high school honors jazz ensembles throughout Pennsylvania and Western Maryland. He has presented master classes at countless high schools and colleges throughout the nation. He is also a member of the Artist Faculty of the National Trumpet Competition, as well as serving on the research review board of the International Trumpet Guild. His articles on jazz trumpet pedagogy have been published by the Australian and International Trumpet Guilds.

    Moore holds an MM in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and is the first recipient of the PhD in Jazz Studies from the University of Pittsburgh where his advisor was Dr. Nathan T. Davis—founder of the original Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra. 


Contact Us

Main Telephone Number:

Office of Admissions:
Toll-Free:  800-722-9933
Local:  304-473-8510
Fax:  304-473-8108
Email: admissions@wvwc.edu

Financial Aid:
Toll-Free:  800-343-2374
Local:  304-473-8080
Fax:  304-473-8824

Student Accounts:

Office of Development and Alumni Relations:
Development: 304-473-8600
Alumni Relations: 304-473-8489

Office of Marketing and Communications:
Marketing: marketing@wvwc.edu
Press inquiries: press@wvwc.edu

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Mailing Address:
West Virginia Wesleyan College
59 College Avenue
Buckhannon, WV 26201