Fisher appointed to board of directors

Emily Fisher, executive to the president for development at West Virginia Northern Community College, has been elected to the Leadership West Virginia Board of Directors.

The announcement was made by Pam Farris, executive director of the Charleston-based organization. Farris said Fisher joins the 25-member board for a three-year term and is eligible for two consecutive terms.

“The college is pleased that Ms. Fisher, a 2008 graduate of Leadership West Virginia, has been selected to help steer the statewide work of this valuable program,” Northern President Martin J. Olshinsky said. “She should be commended for her commitment to this outreach opportunity.”

Leadership West Virginia’s board meets quarterly at various spots throughout the state. The only other Northern Panhandle resident on the board of directors is David H. McKinley, president and managing director of McKinley Carter Wealth Services of Wheeling.

According to the Leadership West Virginia Web site, the program exists “to develop, strengthen and connect emerging leaders for the Mountain State. During our eight months of training, participants in each Leadership West Virginia cohort are helped to enhance their personal leadership skills and enrich their knowledge of not only the problems facing the state, but also of its diverse and unique attributes.”

The program consists of eight monthly two-day educational sessions from March through November. (The class does not meet during August.) Each of the sessions is conducted in a different community and addresses key subjects and critical issues facing West Virginia. The sessions typically run from Thursday morning through Friday afternoon.

It was noted that participants must be committed to the program and accept the demands of the eight-month schedule, as attendance is mandatory for graduation.