Mark Anthony Manchin, Ph.D., has been selected as the 25th president of Glenville State College, according to officials at the school in central West Virginia.
The college’s Board of Governors made the selection after an extensive search process that culminated last week in on-campus interviews with five finalists at Glenville, West Virginia.
“I am excited for the opportunity to lead Glenville State College and take on this new challenge in my long career in education,” Manchin explained.
“I want to bring my experience to help Glenville bridge the gap between higher education and public education which is critical for our success.”
“I am looking forward to the challenge of helping Glenville prepare our students for the exciting future that awaits them.”
Manchin boasts an impressive background over a career of more than 44 years in education.
He is currently superintendent of the Harrison County Board of Education where he oversees 1,500 employees and a budget of nearly $150 million.
Prior to that, he served as executive director of the West Virginia School Building Authority and oversaw the McDowell County Schools through a state-appointed position to revitalize that system.
In 2005, Manchin was elected to represent Kanawha County in the West Virginia State Senate where he served as vice-chair of its education and state finance committees.
A native of Farmington, West Virginia, Manchin earned a doctorate in educational administration and masters of Arts-in-Education Administration from West Virginia University as well as a bachelor's degree of Arts in Education from Fairmont State University.
In announcing the appointment, Greg Smith, chair of the Glenville State College Board of Governors, said,
“Dr. Manchin has a proven record of success in leading educational institutions through challenging times. We believe he will be a strong and tireless champion for Glenville moving forward,” Smith said.
Manchin’s appointment becomes effective July 1.
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