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Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Announces Dr. Pamela Alderman as President

Mount Gay, W.Va. – Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Board of Governors / Presidential Search Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Pamela L. Alderman will become Southern’s tenth president. Dr. Alderman was chosen following an extensive nationwide search that saw more than 50 applicants and three finalists. Dr. Alderman will begin serving her post Monday, May 11.

“I’m so excited to begin my tenure at Southern,” Dr. Alderman said. “I’m a graduate of Southern, and I began my career here. This college is my home. I look forward to working with everyone to help make this college everything I know it can be.”

Southern’s presidential search came amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and that added challenges during the interview process.

“Southern’s Board had already begun its Presidential search when the Coronavirus Pandemic began crippling the globe,” Dr. Lisa Haddox-Heston, Southern’s Board of Governors Chair, said. “While other institutions suspended their Presidential searches, our Board decided it was in the best interest of this institution to continue. We had a large pool of highly qualified candidates from across the country and interviewed several. In the end, we decided that Dr. Pamela Alderman was the best candidate and elected her based upon her unique qualifications. Dr. Alderman is an alumna of Southern, the only graduate of this college to become its President. We look forward to working with her.”

Dr. Alderman is a lifelong resident of Chapmanville, W.Va., and has served most recently as the Dean of the Bert Bradford School of Health Sciences, Chair of the Capito Department of Nursing, and Professor of Nursing at the University of Charleston.

“We will miss Pam’s thoughtful leadership here at UC,” University of Charleston president, Martin S. Roth, said. “She worked effectively across the University, as well as within the School of Health Sciences, driving new program innovations and continuous improvement efforts. She is well poised for the presidential leadership position at Southern.”

Dr. Alderman graduated from Southern in 1977, receiving an Associate of Science in Nursing and an Associate of Arts in General Studies. She graduated from West Virginia University in 1987 and 1990 obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing. In 2012, she received her Doctor of Education with a major in Leadership Studies and an area of emphasis in Appalachian Studies from Marshall University.

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