Edward Curry, manager of resources at Cotiga Development, is a man of few words. But, his actions speak thousands.
During the induction of the 2012 Cotiga Fellows of the Appalachian Leadership Council, Curry said, “We’re doing the right thing being associated with this program.”
With that simple statement, Curry presented Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College with a $75,000 check of behalf of Cotiga Development.
The check was presented to Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin during ceremonies at the Williamson campus where twelve new members were inducted into the Appalachian Leadership Academy.
Retired General Robert H. “Doc” Foglesong returned home as the featured speaker and told the incoming members to “always be proud of your roots.” Foglesong, a retired four-star Air Force General, reflected to the students that he has traveled the world and always seems to find someone from his home state.
Foglesong, who was born and raised in Mingo County, said, “We’re a clannish group and I couldn’t be more proud than when someone calls me a “hillbilly”.
The retired general is president and executive director of the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation, a non-profit organization operating for the next generation of leaders in Appalachia. Foglesong also served as the 18th president of Mississippi State University.
President Tomblin stated that “Managers do things right. Leaders do the right thing.” She also read an email from Rep. Nick Rahall telling the young leaders to “Be yourself.”
Pauline Sturgill, Director of Community and Leadership Development at Southern, introduced the new Cotiga Fellows. The new members include Lindsey Blackburn, Miranda Blankenship, Sara Conforti, Tamilia Elkins, Cody Justice, Brandy Frances, Crystal Little, Scott Pack, Amber Parks, Lenoir Sweeney, Todd Smith and Rebecca West.