Aloia Named 10th CU President
Athens, W.Va. – A search committee tasked with shaping the future and destiny of Concord University recommended Dr. Gregory F. Aloia as the institution’s 10th president. The recommendation was made to the institution’s Board of Governors today as the nearly six month process drew to a conclusion. The Concord University Board of Governors, as well as the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, approved the recommendation.
Board of Governors Chair, Mr. J. Franklin “Joe” Long, stated: “I would like to compliment the members of the search committee for the hundreds of hours of voluntary time that they gave in coming up with a recommendation. People were very serious about this matter. Committee members read an enormous amount of information, and a large number of people attended the meetings on campus to meet the candidates. The search committee was truly dedicated, and they worked, in my opinion, with great integrity to make a recommendation that would be the best for the University.”
Dr. Aloia, upon accepting the offer from Chairman Long, said, “I think this will be a great opportunity to advance the goals and objectives of Concord University, and my wife and I will be making plans to move to Athens.”
Gregory F. Aloia, Ph.D., is currently the Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Special Education at Florida Atlantic University since June 2001. His prior educational administrative experience consisted of being the Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, and Chair of the Department of Special Education at the State University College in Geneseo, New York. He has also been a college football coach and served as the head wrestling coach at the University of California at Riverside.
Dr. Aloia has a B.A. degree in History from St. Mary's College in California and a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of California at Riverside. He has worked for the U.S. Office of Education in Washington, D.C., and has been a faculty member at the University of Arizona, Arkansas State University, and the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Throughout his career he has been honored for his teaching, research, and service as the Outstanding Faculty Member by Arkansas State University, the Educator of the Year by the Arizona Association of Retarded Citizens, and the Educator of the Year by the Student Education Association at Illinois State University. He has received awards for excellence in mentoring underrepresented students, and was inducted into his alma mater's Athletic Hall of Fame.
He has been involved in international programs for more than 20 years. He has lectured in Brazil, Korea, Thailand, and Hong Kong and was named Honorary Dean of the College of Education at Taegu University, South Korea. As graduate Dean, he oversaw graduate and exchange programs in Mexico, Thailand, Korea, and China. Currently, the College of Education at FAU has made a strong effort to increase its involvement in international education. It hosted the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement in 2006 and has been active in South America, Malaysia, India, Russia, and the Netherlands.
Dr. Aloia has also served as a consultant to several state educational agencies and the federal government. Throughout his career he has been an active researcher and writer. He has over 65 publications, including a children's book entitled The Legend of the Golden Straw. He has presented more than 60 papers at international and national professional conferences and has been awarded multiple federal, state, and foundation grants during his career. He has also been an active fundraiser for his institutions generating several million dollars in pledges, matches, and donations.
He and his wife, Mary, a Montessori teacher, have been married for 33 years and have seven children.
Members of the search committee included the following: R. Lane Bailey, vice chair, Board of Governors; James M. Brown, Brown Levicoff, PLLC; Hugh Campbell, Ed.D., professor of education, president of the faculty; Jim Cannon, vice president for business and finance, Concord University; Eugene V. Fife, Vawter Capital, LLC; J. Franklin Long, Esq., chair, Board of Governors; Wayne Meisel, member, Board of Governors; Amy Pitzer, classified staff representative, Board of Governors; Travis Prince, student representative, Board of Governors; Ted Rogers, chair of Search Committee and immediate past chair, Board of Governors; Margaret Sayre, secretary, Board of Governors; and David R. Tyson, Esq., chair, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
Dr. Christopher Columbus Rossey served as Concord’s first president from 1918 to 1924. The institution was lead by principals, beginning with Captain James Harvey French in 1875, prior to that.
CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: In general, the intent of Senate Bill 653 and 703 is to diversify and expand the economy of the state, increase the competitiveness of the state’s workforce and the availability of professional expertise by increasing the number of college degrees produced to the level of the national average and significantly improve the level of adult functional literacy.
Effective July 1, 2001, an institutional board of governors was established as required by SB 653 and 703. The board of governors powers and duties generally include: determining controlling supervisions and managing the financial, business and education policies and affairs of Concord, developing a master plan, demonstrating how the master plan will be used, developing goals and missions, and other items as directed by the legislation.
The board of governors is comprised of 12 people including: nine members appointed by the governor, a full-time member of the faculty, a member of the student body and a member of Concord’s classified employees.
Members of Concord’s governing board are: Wilma Anderson, Hinton, W.Va.; Lane Bailey, vice chair, Washington, D.C.; Frank Blackwell, Mullens, W.Va.; Hugh Campbell, faculty representative; J. Franklin “Joe” Long, board chair, Bluefield, W.Va.; Wayne Meisel, Princeton, N.J.; John M. Mendez, Princeton, W.Va.; Amy Pitzer, classified staff representative; Travis Prince, student representative; R. T. “Ted” Rogers, Hinton, W.Va.; and Margaret Sayre, secretary, Beckley, W.Va. There is currently one vacancy on the board.