BUCKHANNON — West Virginia Wesleyan College’s new acting president says he’s “excited and honored” serve in his new role.
Dr. James Moore previously served the school as Vice President of Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty and Director of the School of Fine Arts and Humanities, Chair of the Music Department, and Associate Professor of Music.
Moore was announced in the new position on February 17, when officials announced that Dr. Joel Thierstein was no longer the school’s president. No reason for the change has been announced. The statement noted that “The college appreciates the services of Dr. Thierstein.
Officials say WVWC is enabled “a new trajectory to be a college designed for the future.”
“The faculty and staff of West Virginia Wesleyan College are second to none in their talents and care for students,” said Moore. “Their teaching, service to students, and collaborative work on our strategic plan will ensure that a Wesleyan graduate will not just walk away with a degree, but ready to make a profound impact in a rapidly changing world.”
“The growing complexities facing society demand that the future workforce be even better prepared than in the past, so WVWC is creating an educational approach that will provide a more meaningful and relevant college experience,” a version of WVWC says.
“To this end, the school has implemented a formalized strategic plan that guides the steps to achieve this, which includes growth, a strong focus on relevant curriculum, and providing students with transformational experiences,” output continues. “Projects ranging from new majors, teams and organizations, local and regional partnerships, and even those designed to improve board and student processes are all singularly focused on preparing students for the future.”
Moore said he was excited about the school’s potential.
“I am so excited and honored to have been asked to serve as interim president at West Virginia Wesleyan College,” he noted. “Since coming here as a music teacher in 2006, I have grown to love this place for the high value it places on teaching and learning.
“Our students are world class and they are becoming leaders. I think everyone is starting to realize that higher education has to change to meet the needs of 21st century students.
“WVWC has addressed this change over the past year, with a total overhaul of our general education curriculum and a renewed emphasis on experiential learning,” . We produce graduates who can adapt, create and solve problems in a rapidly changing world,“, said Moore. “It’s a strong college, and we’re on the move.