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Shipley named as finalist for Texas university position

By Staff | Feb 27, 2015

Shepherd University president Dr. Suzanne Shipley has been named as one of three finalists in the running for the head spot at Midwestern State University in Texas.

Shipley traveled to the Lone Star State this week to participate in open forums and meet with the university’s Board of Regents, according to a Wichita Falls newspaper.

A native of Texas, Shipley has held positions in Arizona and Maryland prior to coming to Shepherd in 2007.

Shipley received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in German from Texas Tech University and her doctorate in German from the University of Texas in 1982.

She community ourteach includes serving as president of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, serving on the Presidents Council of the Association of Governing Boards, serving as a member of the BB&T Community Board for the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, the Shepherdstown Rotary Club and the board of West Virginia University Hospitals East.

During her time at Shepherd, Shipley oversaw the implementation of the Crossroads Strategic Plan for Shepherd which led to the school’s acceptance in to the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. She also oversaw the completion of the school’s first comprehensive campaign which which raised more than $25 million.

A decision is expected to be made by Midwestern State University by late March. In addition to Shipley, there are two additional candidates being interviewed for the position.

The school’s current president, Dr. Jesse Rogers, has announced his retirement as early as this summer.