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Concord University

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Concord University

1000 Vermillion Street

PO Box 1000

Athens, West Virginia  24712




The mission of Concord University is to provide quality, liberal arts based education, to foster scholarly activities, and to serve the regional community.


Concord University provides rigorous programs, primarily at the baccalaureate level, which prepare students to pursue various graduate study and career options and to assume leadership and professional roles in a multicultural society. In keeping with its tradition of service to the region, the University will offer a limited number of carefully selected graduate degrees. While we incorporate a variety of educational methodologies/technologies, our size and the caring dedication of our faculty, staff and administration are the principal assurances of a quality educational opportunity at Concord University.


As a learning community, Concord University is committed to furthering knowledge through professional development activities and programs, through research, and through the application, publication and appreciation of scholarly efforts.


The primary purpose of Concord’s mission is academic; however, the service the University provides to its state and region goes beyond the classroom. Concord University contributes to the quality of cultural and economic life in southern West Virginia through collaboration with both public and private organizations and agencies and through extension of its support and assistance into the region it serves.



Location:  Southern West Virginia, about 90 miles southeast of the state capital, Charleston, and about 25 miles north of the WV/Virginia border.                                         

Enrollment:      2,700


Other interesting tidbits:   Concord University is a public institution, part of the West Virginia Higher Education System, and was established as a Branch State Normal School in 1872.  Concord takes its name from the original name of the settlement in Mercer County, Concord Church.  The church was established in 1858 on land donated by Colonel Henderson French.  Colonel French's wife, Sarah, was tasked with the naming of the church.  On the day of the dedication, Sarah said, "This church is where all  denominations shall worship together in harmony, sweet fellowship and concord, and it shall be named Concord Church."




Type of Program:                               Bonner Scholars                    

Year Began:                                       1991     

Bonner Program website:                   http://bonner.concord.edu/


Number of Bonner Scholars:                         70+

Active in Bonner AmeriCorps Ed Award:        Yes

Active in Other AmeriCorps Ed Award:          No

Active in Learn & Serve CBR:                         Yes

Active in FIPSE Civic Ed Certficate/Minor:     Yes (Civic Engagement Minor)



President:                    Dr. Kendra Boggess  (Interim President, Effective July 1, 2013)

Bonner Director:            Kathy S. Ball

Bonner Coordinator:      Sharde' Hardy

VISTA Members:           no current VISTA members


Bonner Senior Intern(s):  Jordan Manning            

Bonner Congress Representatives: Victoria McClain and Frank Ofori-Addo and Lauren Stevens

Student Leadership Team:      

               Amber Blevins, Nikki Carinelli, Victoria McClain (Seniors)

               Zachary Arms, Gary Danovich, Katie Farmer, Yingjun Liau, Josie Lupardus, Jordan Manning, Lauren Stevens (Juniors)

               Jessica Chavez, Desirae Freeman, Somer McGinnis, Ina Nikolli, Frank Ofori-Addo, Zackary Summers, Austin Wickline (Sophomores)


Communications Intern:


Spirit Coordinator:   Stephanie Brown


WV Campus Compact Student Advisory Board Representatives:


Part-time Student Office Assistant:


MORE ABOUT US (our partners, trips, structure, best or unique practices)

Best Practices:


Our Bonner Freshman Orientation is always the highlight of the fall term!  We spend three days together learning about the specifics of getting started as a Bonner Scholar, experiencing the low and high ropes courses at North American River Runners in Hico, WV, and completing a service project.  Orientation gives the new Bonners a chance to meet each other, as well as some of our returning students who serve as orientation staff.


For our Freshman Service Trip the past few years, we've taken students to Washington, D.C. to work with the National Coalition for the Homeless.  We stay at the Church of the Pilgrims in D.C., work at various agencies that feed and serve the homeless and have an opportunity to visit some of the national and historic sites in D.C.  Agencies that we have worked with include D.C. Central Kitchen, the Capital Area Food Bank, Martha's Table, Street Sense, and S.O.M.E.  Many of our graduating seniors still consider their freshman service trip to be one of the highlights of their Bonner experience.






Student Leadership Planning:

Click here for Congress Leadership Plans:

Concord Congress Action Planning






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