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Community college prepares for its new president

When Joseph Badgley took over as the head of the West Virginia State Community and Technical College in 2008, he pledged to remain in the position for at least five years.

By the time he hits that mark this summer, the school - now known as Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College - will have finished its first year as an independent institution in a new location.

Badgley is proud of the school's accomplishments during his tenure, but he's ready to hand over the reins.

"I think the college is in a position to just move forward at a very dramatic pace right now, and it just seemed like a good time to bring in new leadership with new ideas," Badgley said in an interview.

During his tenure, Badgley oversaw the community college's transition away from West Virginia State University and into its new home at the West Virginia Regional and Technical Park. The college occupies half of the new, 200,000-square-foot structure and offers classes to roughly 1,700 students.  

He served as a dean and professor at West Virginia University-Parkersburg and had 37 years of experience in education before coming to the community college.

Badgley told his board of governors earlier this year that he planned to retire in the summer. Board chairman Mark Dempsey, a vice president for Appalachian Power, said the board appreciated Badgley announcing what he would do months ahead of actually retiring.

In a meeting earlier this month, the board discussed creating a job description for the position. Because Badgley is technically the first president of Kanawha Valley technical college, Dempsey explained the college had not clearly stated what it requires in a president.

The college plans to officially post the position in national publications, Dempsey said. Badgley is also helping with the process, something Dempsey said is greatly appreciated.

Badgley said he wanted to let the board know as soon as possible so it could avoid bringing in an interim president. That can cause distractions for the board, president and the school as a whole, he said.

The board plans to conduct a national search and hire a new president by the start of July 2013. Badgley doesn't plan to retire until August and is more than happy to show the ropes to the new president.

 "What I've said to my board is I'll offer as much assistance as they like from me, but I don't want to be in the way," Badgley said.

The president's position was posted Friday on the Chronicle of Higher Education website, a widely read national education publication.

Contact writer Dave Boucher at 304-348-4843 or Follow him at ;


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