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University of Charleston Hires Jerry Forster to Lead Beckley and Martinsburg Operations

Release Date:  Friday, October 26, 2012

University of Charleston President Ed Welch announced the hiring of alumnus Dr. Jerry Forster 

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  – University of Charleston President Ed Welch today announced the hiring of alumnus Dr. Jerry Forster, ’83, as area president for UC-Beckley. Dr. Forster will begin January 1, 2013, and will oversee UC’s role as the primary teach-out partner with Mountain State University.

Dr. Forster leaves Sewanee, the University of the South, where he has served as the school’s treasurer and chief financial officer since 2001. Prior to his time at Sewanee, Dr. Forster served as UC’s vice president for administration and finance from 1992-01. He has also worked as county manager for the Kanawha County Commission (1991-92), assistant city manager for the City of Charleston (1988-91) and treasurer for the City of Charleston (1985-88). 

“We are happy to welcome Jerry Forster back to the University of Charleston and look forward to him leading our future endeavors in Beckley and Martinsburg,” said Dr. Welch. “Jerry is an outstanding individual and talented higher education administrator. He will be integral in helping the University navigate through the teach-out process with Mountain State, as well as preparing for what wehope to be a long-term presence in Beckley.”

Dr. Forster will be the University’s executive representative in Beckley and Southern West Virginia and will foster positive relationships between the University and the community, drawing on his previous experience. While previously working in West Virginia, he served on the Kanawha County Parks Commission, South Charleston City Council and the board of the Charleston Visitors and Convention Bureau.

“While I will miss all of my friends and colleagues at Sewanee, I’m excited for the opportunity to return to my alma mater and take this new leadership role,” said Dr. Forster. 

In hisprevious stint at UC, Dr. Forster oversaw the growth of an endowment that more than doubled, as a result of investment returns. He also participated in a successful capital campaign which funded construction of Clay Tower Building, and oversaw the completion of a new $6 million residence hall.

Dr. Forster holds a bachelor’s in economics from UC, a master’s in management and public administration from Marshall University and a doctorate in higher educationadministration from Vanderbilt. 

UC hassubmitted requests to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to continue someprograms currently offered by Mountain State, as well as to provide programs currently offered on the University’s Charleston campus in Beckley and Martinsburg. The HLC is expected to announce its decision sometime in December. 

The University of Charleston is a private, independent college with approximately 1,400 students from 31 states and 26 countries.  U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks it among the top regional colleges in the South, and it is one of The Princeton Review’s Best 371 Colleges 2012 Edition. The University of Charleston offers 23 undergraduate majors, master’s programs in business and physician assistant studies, and a doctorate in pharmacy.

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