Dr. L. Marshall Washington
[BECKLEY, W. VA.] The inauguration of Dr. L. Marshall Washington as the third president of River Community and Technical College will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m. at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center in Beckley, W.Va.
Not only does the ceremony mark a new era of leadership for New River, it also presents an opportunity to look back at the past, as the college is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. In keeping with those milestones, the theme for the inauguration is "Reflecting, Embracing, Celebrating."
Washington joined New River in March, 2013, from Harrisburg Area Community College in Pennsylvania, where he served as vice president and CEO of the Lancaster Campus. He previously served as vice president of student services at Kellogg Community College in Michigan.
At HACC he developed and established campus planning strategies resulting in a facility master plan, reinvigorated the campus scholarship campaign, led a successful accreditation process for two occupational programs and spearheaded efforts to increase outreach to the county's growing Latino community. In addition, he directed the college-wide strategic planning process.
During his tenure at Kellogg Community College, he had a leadership role in three important initiatives: creation of a new Learning Center for Developmental Education, development of a diversity initiative strategic plan and implementation of an adult education program for underemployed individuals.
Washington earned a doctorate in educational studies/specialization in educational leadership and higher education from University of Nebraska-Lincoln; a master's degree in education from Winona State University, Winona, Minn.; and a bachelor's in elementary education from Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio.
Guest speakers at the inaugural ceremony will be Dr. John L. "Ski" Sygielski, president of Harrisburg Area Community College, and Dr. Paul Ohm, interim president of Robert B. Miller College and President Emeritus of Kellogg Community College.
Other program participants will include David Nalker, chair of the New River Board of Governors; Leslie Baker, vice chair of the Board of Governors; Justin Rader, Board of Governors student representative; Nathan England, vice president of the Faculty Senate; Robert Runion, chair of the Classified Staff Council; Dr. Kyle Fort, chair of the New River Community and Technical College Foundation Greenbrier Valley Campus Advisory Board; and James Skidmore, chancellor of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System.
The New River Alma Mater will be performed by guitarist/vocalist Joe Simpson. Special musical selections will be performed by Dr. Ollie Watts Davis, a Mount Hope native and professor of voice at the University of Illinois, accompanied on the piano by Dr. John Mark Walkup, professor of music at New River. Bishop Fred T. Sims from Heart of God Ministries will give the invocation, and Pastor Vondie L. Cook II of Cross Point Church will offer the benediction.
Dr. Lucie Refsland, professor of mathematics, will bear the ceremonial mace in the academic procession, and D. Bruce Sneidman, professor of business, will serve as faculty marshal. Washington's children, Lauren, Ethan and Jordan, will be the flag bearers.
New River faculty, staff, students and alumni and the general public are invited to attend the inauguration and the reception that will follow.
New River Community and Technical College serves Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Summers and Webster Counties from five locations: Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville), Beckley Campus, Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg) and the Advanced Technology Center (Ghent). Administrative offices are located in Beckley.