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
James Moore, Interim President of West Virginia Wesleyan College
Kim Bjorgo Thorne, Faculty Senate Chair
Meet Our President
Dr. James Moore, Interim 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.
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