MCT REGIONAL NEWS
By Sarah Plummer
The Register-Herald, Beckley, W.Va.
Feb. 10--BECKLEY -- Karen Bowling, well known for her work as president and CEO of Raleigh General Hospital, has been selected as dean of Mountain State University's School of Health Sciences.
MSU President Dr. Charles H. Polk noted that "we don't make a big 'to do' of everyone that comes into the Mountain State University family, but some people are just big when they come and we want to share our enthusiasm with the public."
While Bowling is new to this position, she is not new to administration or academia.
Polk pointed out that Bowling served as a professor for Mountain State University's nursing program, but "walked through our lives to do something bigger and better. Now her dream has somehow made it back to MSU and we are really thrilled about that."
Bowling expressed that "coming back to work at Mountain State University is like coming home."
Dr. Roslyn Artis, executive vice president and chief academic officer at MSU, said that Bowling was instrumental in the transition of Raleigh General to LifePoint and has spearheaded campaigns for organizations like United Way of Southern West Virginia, the American Cancer Society and March of Dimes.
Artis feels that Bowling's work makes her a "proven administrator."
"We believe that one of the hallmarks of good education is good educational leadership" and "Karen is an exemplar of that," she said.
Bowling said that her first and primary focus will be to get oriented to the programs within the School of Health Sciences.
"I want to make sure that I am very familiar so that I can help promote the programs. It is just incredible, the value that these programs have to the health service industry," she explained.
She also plans to work toward increasing enrollment in the school to meet the needs of the health industry in our area.