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September 28, 2016

Balch to Speak at Founders Day

Dr. Pamela Balch ’71, president of West Virginia Wesleyan College, will serve as the speaker for Founders Day, an annual convocation that takes place during the College’s Homecoming celebration.  This year, Founders Day will be held on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 3 p.m. in Wesley Chapel.

Dr. Balch received her bachelor’s degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and her masters and doctoral degrees from West Virginia University.  She has done postgraduate work at two Harvard University programs.

She is currently in her eleventh year and final semester as President of West Virginia Wesleyan College. She has served as President of Mayville State University, ND; Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Bethany College, WV; Vice Provost for Academic Planning at California State University, Chico; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at San Diego State University, Imperial Valley Campus; Director of Teacher Education (San Diego State University); and Director and Faculty member of Graduate Programs in Teacher Education at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Dr. Balch has been named Phi Delta Kappa Educator of the Year, Teacher Educator of the Year for California, Imperial County Woman of the Year, was selected as an ACE Fellow, a recipient of the leadership award for dedicated service to North Dakota, Buckhannon Chamber of Commerce Business Woman of the Year, Distinguished Alumna of West Virginia University’s College of Education and Human Services Hall of Fame, and elected into the Uniontown High School Pennsylvania Hall of Fame.

She has served as Chair of the Mountain East Athletic Conference, Chair of the WV Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Vice Chair of the WV Independent Colleges and Universities Association, Chair of the Appalachian College Association, Chair of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church (UMC), and Senator for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the UMC.  She has served as a board member of the Presidents’ Independent Colleges Enterprise (ICE), WV Campus Compact, WV Science and Research Council, Region VII Planning and Development Council, College Summit Advisory Board, Upshur County Development Authority, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), and the Dakota Athletic Conference.  She has also been a consultant/evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission and an Execute Committee Member of the American Council on Education Fellows Program.

While at West Virginia Wesleyan College, Dr. Balch provided leadership in constructing debt-free facilities including a performing arts center, science research center, wellness center, welcome center, two fountains, a residence hall, multi-purpose turf stadium and eight lane track, baseball and basketball bleacher projects, and over $30 million in renovations including 20 classrooms.  Under her watch, the campus was one of only two institutions of higher education to receive a $10 million Title III grant from the Department of Education.

Dr. Balch has traveled to all fifty states and over 75 countries.  She is married to Patrick Balch, a retired professor from West Virginia University and San Diego State University.  They have a son, Paul, a civil engineer in Phoenix, AZ, and a daughter, Julie, who is a pediatric hand/upper extremity surgeon at Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH.

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