College students working together to promote student leadership on campus


Annual West Virginia Student Leadership Conference to be held Monday, May 18 through Wednesday, May 2

Weston, W.Va. – College students from across West Virginia are meeting at Jackson’s Mill next week to learn new ways to strengthen their campus communities. More than 75 student representatives from West Virginia’s two-year and four-year colleges and universities will participate in the annual West Virginia Student Leadership Conference to be held Monday, May 18 through Wednesday, May 20. The conference is sponsored by the West Virginia Community and Technical College System (WVCTCS), the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) and Shepherd University.

During the conference, students will attend breakout sessions focused on helping them inspire and engage their classmates and mobilize groups in support of community goals. Students will also work together to identify the unique needs facing their campuses and share ideas for addressing these issues.

“Higher education is not a product that our faculty and administrators hand down to students,” Dr. Paul Hill, chancellor of the Commission, said. “It’s about creating a learning environment where students are collaborators in the experience. I commend the students who are participating in this year’s Leadership Conference for their commitment to that ideal.”

“Leadership and problem solving skills are absolutely essential for students entering today’s workforce,” James Skidmore, WVCTCS chancellor said. “These students are working hard to develop their skills for future employment, and to put those lessons to use directly within our campus communities.”

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Media resource: West Virginia Student Leadership 2015 Conference Schedule