BUCKHANNON, WEST VIRGINIA – On behalf of West Virginia Wesleyan College, interim president Dr. James Moore signed a Memorandum of Understanding recently with the City of Buckhannon, ART26201 and the Colonial Arts Center to show the College’s support of the community arts space.
The Colonial Arts Center being renovated on Main Street will provide creative and performing arts space as well as an educational component, and Moore pledged the College’s commitment to providing resources for the center. 

“The arts have always been very important to West Virginia Wesleyan College,” Moore said. “Commitment to creative and performing arts are the reason that I was brought here 15 years ago to join the faculty, so it’s really fulfilling for me to see the College partner with these organizations and really, really buy into this space.” 

The Colonial Arts Center board recently hired Anne Wilson ’19 as the first manager. 


“I’m so thrilled that one of our alums is coming on to work on this project; we are very proud of her,” Moore said. “At a time when other institutions are running way from the arts, I think it’s important everybody realizes they are critical to the mission of West Virginia Wesleyan College because they are critical to this community and we are proud to be part of this community.”

John Waltz ’01, Vice President of Enrollment Management, is president of the Colonial Arts Center Board.

“I want to share on behalf of the Colonial Arts Center Board, our gratefulness to partners and to those who have been part of this project as it keeps growing; it’s really starting to become something we hope to be owned by the community,” he said. 


Dean of Students Alisa Lively serves on the CAC board along with alums Erika Klie Kolenich ‘01 and Keith Buchanan ‘70.


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.