Southern Announces Commencement Speaker

Mount Gay, WV - Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is pleased to welcome Ms. Stephanie Tyree, Executive Director of the West Virginia Community Development Hub in Charleston, West Virginia, to address the Class of 2018 as its 46th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Tyree joined “the Hub” in 2012 as a community-based policy director, creating a new program to engage West Virginia residents, and became its executive director in 2016.

With more than ten years of experience in policy, community development and community organizing, she has dedicated her career to advancing community-based, systematic solutions for rural, coal-impacted communities in Central Appalachia. Her work has taken her from New York City to Mingo County, WV to Prestonsburg, KY, and many places in between. During that time, her major interest and area of expertise has centered around developing tools to drive community collaboration, leadership engagement, and community-driven change to build strong resilient rural communities.

“My goal has always been to figure out how we can make our communities a better place to live, make it more livable and healthier,” Tyree said. “I think the environment is part of that discussion, but it’s not the only part.”

Tyree earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh (2003) and her law degree from NYU School of Law (2007). She was a 2016 BALLE Fellow, recognized as a “West Virginia Wonder Woman” by West Virginia Living Magazine in 2016, and was a recipient of the State’s Journal’s “Next Generation: 40 Under 40” Award in 2018.

Tyree was born and currently lives in Charleston, West Virginia with her husband and son.

“I wanted to get back to West Virginia,” Tyree said. “I felt like this is where I wanted to put down roots and raise a family. This is the place I feel connected to, and if I was going to make a place better, I wanted it to be my home state.”

The Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2018, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Coalfield Jamboree Theater, 208 Main Street, Logan, West Virginia. The public is invited to attend.