(12/11/2002)
After four years as president of Glenville State College, Dr. Thomas Powell will leave West Virginia to become president of one of the nation's oldest Catholic colleges.

The Glenville facilities were shabby and in disarray in 1999 when Powell arrived, in danger of losing accreditation. GSC suffered from publicity surrounding $600,000 in settlements the state paid to four professors, who sued former President Simmons for refusing to promote. Simmon's service to GSC was described as a "reign of terror," but the state system gave him another job.

Powell has expressed fears there is a movement to close the college, and has brought efforts to bring its community importance to the forefront.

He has renovated the campus, started an annual endowment fund and began the Renaissance of Shared Values program to guide students toward civility, excellence, fairness, freedom, integrity, responsibility and tolerance.

Powell, who is 49, is leaving 2,143-student Glenville State for Mount St. Mary's College and Seminary, a combination four-year liberal-arts college and Catholic seminary in Maryland with 1,969 students.

His last day is June 30.


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