ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord College President Jerry Beasley welcomed 275 guests to the Second Annual Fund for Concord College dinner at The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on Saturday, November 18th. He discussed a wide range of student achievements and activities and referred to the 25,000 hours of volunteer service provided by Bonner Scholar students to local community organizations and how research being conducted by students may influence policy decisions and law.
Dr. Lowell Johnson, chief-of-staff for Congressman Bob Wise and a Concord College graduate, represented the Governor-elect at the gathering. In his remarks to the audience, Johnson emphasized that:
“Governor-elect Wise believes that education is at the heart of work force development.” Referring to his Alma Mater. Personally, I am proud and grateful for the undergraduate education I received at Concord College.”Dr. Lowell Johnson
Featured speaker Dr. Lloyd Elliott, president emeritus of The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and a native West Virginian, stated:
“I believe there are three things you can build in a college or university. They are the faculty, which represents strength; implements like books, computers, and labs; and, the students who benefit from the first two. Education and learning are the best hopes we have in our reach for us having been here.”Dr. Lloyd Elliot
Scholarship recipient Jatin Atre made a moving testimonial to Concord supporters:
“Ideas won’t keep—something must be done about them. I did not know how I would make it to college. People like you gave me the opportunity to come to this fountain of knowledge—Concord College. Concord has become the cocoon that disperses the jewels of knowledge. I thank you, and my peers thank you, for believing in us.”Jatin Atre
Forrest Roles, chairman of the Concord College Foundation closed the presentation by stating:
“I’ve learned to recognize a good thing when I see it. How does Concord do it? With scholarships. We expect this event to add $40,000 to the College’s scholarship fund. Concord trains for a lifetime of learning and insists on critical thinking and the ability to communicate.”Forrest Roles
Committee members Homer K. Ball, Susan Gabriel, Thomas M. Giffen, Samuel G. Hill, Donnie Holcomb, Glenn and Sandra Lowe, J. Douglas Machesney, Larry Mazey, Curtis McCall, Faye Robertson, Dwight Robinett, Beryle C. Santon, Bryon K. Satterfield, Stephanie Caldwell Stinson and Loretta A. Young worked more than nine months to ensure a successful fundraiser for the College. H.D. “Bart” Harvey from Bluefield, W.Va., chaired the committee.