Reading, Writing, Arithmetic …and, Public Service
Athens, W.Va. - Dr. J. Kenneth Roberts has spent his career as an educator in southern West Virginia, where he recently retired as superintendent of McDowell County Public Schools. He has also spent his life in southern West Virginia as a selfless promoter of higher ideals in both public and higher education.
Concord College is fortunate to have had Dr. Roberts serve as a member and as Vice Chairman of the Concord College Board of Advisors from 1994 to 2000. On Tuesday, January 8, Concord College President Jerry L. Beasley honored Dr. Roberts by presenting him with a plaque expressing appreciation on behalf of the College for all of his hard work, dedication, and forward thinking on higher education issues.
"Ken Roberts was an invaluable member of our advisory board, and continues to be a trusted friend and loyal supporter of the College," stated President Beasley. "Dr. Roberts willingly and modestly shared his vast knowledge and administrative expertise with the Board, greatly enhancing the effectiveness of the College’s Board of Advisors. During his tenure, he shepherded us through various policy and program changes that positively impacted the College’s ability to serve more effectively the students of southern West Virginia."
Roberts is from Kimball, West Virginia. He graduated from Welch High School and obtained his B.S. in Education in 1963 from Concord. He furthered his education by obtaining a Master’s in Guidance and Counseling, an administrative certification in public education, and his Ed.D. in Education Administration from West Virginia University.
"I have always considered Concord to be an outstanding institution due to the quality of the programs, skills and knowledge of the graduates and the leadership the College has shown throughout the state," stated Dr. Roberts.
"As superintendent of schools, I felt serving on the Board of Advisors would serve as a connecting link between public schools and higher education.
"During the late 1990s, the College established a plan and increased its student enrollment, conducted an analysis to determine additional educational offerings, and performed the groundwork for establishing Master’s level classes.
"I take personal pride in seeing the progress being made and future directions being established for improved educational services.
"I enjoyed working with the Board of Advisors because of the collaborative process of the board, and the friendships that were made between board members.
"This plaque was a surprise! I appreciate the opportunity to serve the College and certainly appreciate the recognition."