West Virginia University at Parkersburg
WVU Parkersburg president to attend Harvard University seminar for new presidents.
CONTACT: WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage, 304-424-8200.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
West Virginia University at Parkersburg's president has been selected to attend the Harvard Institute for New Presidents.
Marie Foster Gnage will participate in the five-day seminar (July 15-20) on the Cambridge, Mass. campus.The seminar is designed to provide first-time presidents with a practical and conceptual orientation to the presidency. It familiarizes new presidents with the opportunities and hazards they will likely face, and prepares them to respond to the multiple responsibilities and constituencies of their new office.
The seminar is presented by Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.
In sessions ranging from fundraising to building the administrative team, the seminar focuses on the critical issues of a new presidency. It provides an opportunity for new presidents to reflect upon their own situations and to consult with experts about their special concerns and questions.
Seminar enrollment is limited to approximately 45 new presidents from all sectors of American higher education throughout the country. Interactive sessions will address such topics as executive and academic leadership, governance, fundraising, fiscal management, team building, and strategic planning.
President Gnage recently celebrated her first anniversary as WVU Parkersburg's chief executive. She assumed the presidency of the Parkersburg campus on July 1, 2004.