West Virginia Wesleyan College
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West Virginia Wesleyan creates a unique learning environment that enables our students to develop the skills, values, relationships, and perspectives that will allow them to obtain employment, enhance their employment, and be leaders throughout their lives. They are well prepared to be successful and respected citizens of a rapidly changing world.
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West Virginia Wesleyan College challenges its students to a life-long commitment to develop their intellectual, ethical, spiritual, and leadership potential and to set and uphold standards of excellence.
Firmly rooted in the liberal arts tradition and closely related to The United Methodist Church, the College is a community of learning based on fundamental principles formed at the intersection of Christian faith and liberal education: intellectual rigor, self-discovery, human dignity, mutual support, social justice, self-discipline, mental and physical wellness, the appreciation of diversity and the natural world, and the judicious use of resources.
The College recognizes and affirms its interdependence with the external communities-local, regional, national, and global-and its covenant with the people of West Virginia to share its educational and cultural resources.
West Virginia Wesleyan College prepares its students through its curriculum of arts and sciences, preprofessional, professional, and graduate studies, and its rich campus life program. As a residential institution of higher education, the College aspires to graduate broadly educated men and women who:
- Think critically and creatively.
- Communicate effectively.
- Act responsibly.
- Demonstrate their local and world citizenship through service.
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2022-2023 West Virginia Wesleyan College Board of Trustees
John F. Allevato ’76
Brian Brouillette ’82
Rev. Dr. Ellis E. Conley ’73
Bill Fahrner ’96, MBA ’02
Jason Fiegel ’00
Dr. Christine R. Rapking Cox ’69, Hon. ’13
Tracy S. Dunn-Cunningham
Dr. Alan Letton
Brian A. Maxwell
Justin Raber ’08
Caroline H. Rapking ’79 (Chair)
Rev. Vance Ross ’79
Rev. Amy Shanholtzer ’87
Dr. Joanne Cadorette Soliday ’69, Hon. ’16
Kevin W. Spear ’76, chair-elect
Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball
Craig D. Welsh ’93
Jamion Wolford ’08
Ex Officio Members
Sadie Nichols, Student Senate President
Tara Steed ‘87, President of the Alumni Council
Jonathan Andrew, Staff Council Chair
Sandra L. Steiner Ball, Resident Bishop of the West Virginia Conference
James Moore, President of West Virginia Wesleyan College
Kim Bjorgo Thorne, Faculty Senate Chair
Meet Our President
Dr. James Moore, President at West Virginia Wesleyan College, served as Director of Jazz Ensembles and instructor of trumpet at Wesleyan from 2006 to 2017 and Dean of the Faculty from 2017-2022. From 2011 to 2017, he served as the chairperson of the Department of Music at Wesleyan and has worked to build one of the most vibrant collegiate jazz programs in the region.
Dr. Moore is an active member of the Pittsburgh jazz community where he is a member of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra and has been a member of RH Factor—the Roger Humphries quintet. In addition to his work in Pittsburgh he performs regularly with the Norman David Eleventet in Philadelphia as well as many other collaborative ventures in that city. He has performed with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ahmad Jamal, Sheryl Bailey, Tim Warfield, and the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra. Moore appeared on Bob Mintzer’s GRAMMY nominated album For the Moment, released on the MCG Jazz label in 2012. He also appears on Mintzer’s joint album with the critically acclaimed New York Voices, Meeting of Minds (Live), also on MCG Jazz. In 2015, Moore appeared alongside NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in a reprisal of the famous Charlie Parker and Clifford Brown with strings recordings.
Moore is also an active clinician, having worked with many high school honors jazz ensembles throughout Pennsylvania and Western Maryland. He has presented master classes at countless high schools and colleges throughout the nation. He is also a member of the Artist Faculty of the National Trumpet Competition, as well as serving on the research review board of the International Trumpet Guild. His articles on jazz trumpet pedagogy have been published by the Australian and International Trumpet Guilds.
Moore holds an MM in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and is the first recipient of the PhD in Jazz Studies from the University of Pittsburgh where his advisor was Dr. Nathan T. Davis—founder of the original Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra.
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West Virginia Wesleyan College
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Buckhannon, WV 26201