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April 01, 2016

Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber Names Wesleyan Industry of the Year

West Virginia Wesleyan College has been named Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce’s “Industry of the Year.”  The award was presented during the Chamber’s Annual Dinner at the Event Center at Brushy Fork. This is the fourth time Wesleyan has been honored by the Chamber, which is celebrating its 50th year.

“We are honored and pleased to be recognized by community leaders,” said Wesleyan President Pamela Balch ’71.  “Buckhannon and Upshur County has been outstanding partners with Wesleyan since the school’s founding in 1890.  The strong relationship we enjoy positively impacts our ability to attract quality faculty, staff, and students.”

Recently celebrating its 125th anniversary, the estimated economic impact of the College on Buckhannon and Upshur County is $60 million. In 2014, the College received a $10 million U.S. Department of Education grant which will result in the renovation of classrooms, laboratories, programs and staff to help students persist and graduate.  Wesleyan is also in the midst of a $30 million “Enhancing Our Tradition, Empowering Our Future” Capital Campaign. 

The United Methodist Church affiliated-school has over 1,500 students and offers 49 majors and graduate programs in Athletic Training, Business, Education, English Creative Writing, and Nursing.

Wesleyan is the only West Virginia school that has been listed each of the past four years in the “Great Schools at Great Prices” category in U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges. In addition, it is consistently listed as a first-tier school in the south by U.S. News and is ranked as the 31st “Best Baccalaureate College” among 344 schools in Washington Monthly. 

During the past year, Wesleyan has also been named one of “8 Awesome Schools You Never Knew Existed,” by College Magazine and the Best West Virginia College in “The 100 Best U.S. Colleges and Universities by State,” by

Wesleyan has enrolled more West Virginia PROMISE Scholars than any other private school in the state since the program’s inception.  In recent years, Wesleyan has excelled nationally with 24 international scholarship winners including 13 Fulbright Scholarship recipients.

Since 2007, Wesleyan has expanded its campus with four new buildings:  the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts, David E. Reemsnyder Research Center, Dunn Hall, and the O’Roark Nordstrom Welcome Center.  


Photo by Amanda Hayes, senior staff reporter of the Record Delta. Pictured last year’s winner, Mark Cunningham (who accepted for Northridge Development) presenting the award to Bob Skinner ‘75, vice president for advancement at Wesleyan, along with Robbie Skinner ‘11, as chamber president.

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