BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – Dr. Lynn M. Linder was officially named Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at West Virginia Wesleyan College by President James Moore on Monday.  

“Dr. Linder has been a stellar leader on this campus, and I’m very grateful for her drive, passion and thoughtful approach to the work,” Moore said. “I look forward to many years of Dr. Linder’s leadership.”

Linder came to West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2014 and has taught British literature, literary theory, and gender studies as an Associate Professor in the English Department. She co-chaired the committee that revamped the college’s First Year Experience Program and served as its Director. In her role as interim dean over the last year, Linder steered multiple projects including the recent announcement of a master’s degree in mental health counseling, a partnership between Community Care of West Virginia, Aetna, and WVWC.

Prior to coming to West Virginia Wesleyan College, Linder taught at Saint Louis University where she also earned a Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature and her Master of Arts in English. She graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in English and History. 


West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2022 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit wvwc.edu.