AB University named Best Value and Best Regional College in the South by U.S. News & World Report

Alderson Broaddus University received recognition as the highest-ranked West Virginia college or university in two different regional categories published in the U.S. News & World Report Best College Rankings. The report compares higher learning institutions based on their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

Alderson Broaddus ranked first among West Virginia colleges and 39th regionally in the 2020 Best Regional Colleges in the South category.

The 372 regional colleges—including 168 public institutions, 191 private schools, and 13 for-profits—focus on undergraduate education but grant less than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. The Regional Colleges category includes some institutions where only a small number of degrees awarded are at a bachelor’s level. Regional Colleges are placed into one of four geographic divisions, and AB falls within the South.

AB was the only West Virginia college named to the Best Value Schools 2020 Regional Colleges South category coming in with an overall ranking of 12.

To determine which colleges and universities offer the best value for students, U.S. News takes into account both academic quality and cost. The rankings assess a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2020 U.S. News & World Report ranking, and the 2018-2019 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included because U.S. News considered the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.

“At AB, we are living out our mission,” said President Dr. Tim Barry. “Being ranked as one of the top schools in West Virginia by U.S. News & World Report is one indication, among many, that our commitment to the mission of AB is working. We take pride in providing the highest quality education to our students and preparing them to succeed in their chosen fields. Our number one focus is and will always be our students.”

Additionally, U.S. News has added a new ranking of Top Performers on Social Mobility to the 2020 report. Regionally, Alderson Broaddus ranked in the top 50 of all colleges and universities included in the Top Performers on Social Mobility report, coming in with an overall rank of 36. The social mobility ranking evaluates which higher education institutions best serve underrepresented students based on two ranking factors: Pell Grant graduation rate and Pell Grant graduation rate performance.

“The latest rankings are indicative of our legacy of celebrating scholarship and community,” said Dr. Barry.

About Alderson Broaddus University

Alderson Broaddus (AB) University is a private, four-year institution of higher education located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences.

AB stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate physician assistant program of its kind in 1968, the first post-baccalaureate physician assistant master’s degree program in 1990, and West Virginia’s first four-year nursing program in 1945.

For more information, visit www.ab.edu

About U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A digital news and information company focused on Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars and Civic, USNews.com provides consumer advice, rankings and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 40 million people visit USNews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

For more information on U.S. News & World Report rankings, please visit: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges

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Alderson Broaddus University Celebrates Ten Percent Increase in Enrollment

Alderson Broaddus University commences a new academic year by welcoming the Class of 2023. Students from nearly 20 countries and 35 states represent a more than ten percent increase over the incoming class of 2018, bringing a more diverse and vibrant culture to AB and the community.

“We are excited to welcome the Class of 2023 to Alderson Broaddus University,” said Executive Vice President for Administration and Vice President for Enrollment Management Dr. Eric Shor. “Our innovative and adaptive programming offers students a distinctive experience. I look forward to what this group will accomplish at Alderson Broaddus.”

The incoming class and their families were welcomed to campus with a weekend full of activities for Orientation 2019 August 17-30, and students have since settled into the initial weeks of fall semester courses.

On Thursday, September 5, Opening Convocation officially welcomed back students and staff to the AB community. The convocation included a welcome address from Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Joan Propst, a performance by the West Virginians, and the traditional parade of flags ceremony.

This year’s Opening Convocation address was given by Assistant Professor of Business and Faculty Member of the Year Elizabeth H. McComas. McComas graduated from Alderson Broaddus in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and later became a member of the faculty in 1989. Her address, titled “Lessons,” encouraged students to make friends, live in the moment, learn to be patient, and show kindness in all parts of life.

More than 910 students are making AB their home away from home and trusting in the University’s rich tradition of providing the highest quality education. Welcome home, Battlers.

About Alderson Broaddus University

Alderson Broaddus (AB) University is an independent institution of higher learning, committed to serving the region as an academic, cultural, and religious resource, with programs based on a liberal arts foundation.

The mission of AB is to provide students with the highest quality education, striving to prepare students to succeed in their chosen disciplines and to fulfill their roles in a diverse society as well-rounded and responsible citizens.

Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences. The University stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate Physician Assistant program of its kind in 1968, the first post-baccalaureate Physician Assistant Master’s degree program in 1990, and West Virginia’s first four-year Nursing program in 1945.

AB is located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. The University is rooted in historic and continuing relationships with the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.

For more information about AB, visit www.ab.edu.

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Photo Caption: AB’s Opening Convocation event commences a new academic year by welcoming the Class of 2023.

For a full recording of AB’s 149th Opening Convocation, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bO35HQuWyc

For the news media coverage, please click here: https://www.wboy.com/news/barbour/abu-welcomes-new-students-and-staff-with-annual-convocation

Alderson Broaddus University Releases Dean’s and Honorable Mention Lists for Summer 2019

Dr. Joan Propst, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, of Alderson Broaddus University has released the Dean’s and Honorable Mention lists to recognize students for their academic distinction for the summer 2019 semester. A total of 4 out of 6 full-time undergraduates were enrolled at AB over the summer and were eligible for academic distinctions. Full-time students who earned a 3.60 or above are named to the Dean’s List. Students who achieved a 3.40 to 3.59 are given honorable mention. A complete list of students on all of these lists can be found at https://ab.edu/lists/.

The following area students were named to the lists:

Dean’s List

Harle Barnhouse from Westover, W.Va.; Amr Mohamed from Clarksburg, W.Va.; and Garrett S. Robertson from Ripley, W.Va.

Honorable Mention List

Miro Diallo from Cologne, Germany

About Alderson Broaddus University

Alderson Broaddus (AB) University is an independent institution of higher learning, committed to serving the region as an academic, cultural, and religious resource, with programs based on a liberal arts foundation.

The mission of AB is to provide students with the highest quality education, striving to prepare students to succeed in their chosen disciplines and to fulfill their roles in a diverse society as well-rounded and responsible citizens.

Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences. The University stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate Physician Assistant program of its kind in 1968, the first post-baccalaureate Physician Assistant Master’s degree program in 1990, and West Virginia’s first four-year Nursing program in 1945.

AB is located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. The University is rooted in historic and continuing relationships with the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.

For more information about AB, visit www.ab.edu.

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Alderson Broaddus University Begins 2019-20 Academic Year Welcoming New Faculty

Alderson Broaddus University is starting the 2019-20 academic year with a few new and returning faces. AB welcomed 13 new faculty members during new faculty orientation on Monday, August 12.

New faculty are Adam Anderson, assistant professor of computer science; Mackenzie Bergeron, assistant professor of biology; Dr. Frank Carothers, assistant professor of business; Dr. Drew Ciccarello, dean of the College of Business and assistant professor of business; LyCricia Criss, assistant professor of nursing; Dr. James Dorsey, assistant professor of criminal justice; Dr. Joni Gray, assistant professor of mass communication; Rhoda Leeson, instructor of nursing; Austin O’Connor, assistant professor of business; Marcie Raol, assistant professor of education; Susan Senderak, assistant professor of nursing; Jenna Simmons, assistant professor of nursing; Susan Simmons, assistant professor of nursing.

Professor Anderson received two Master of Science degrees in computer science and software engineering from West Virginia University. He resides with his wife and two cats in Bridgeport, West Virginia. After 15 years of building software, Anderson turned his focus to teaching and education and has joined the AB community to prepare students for the future.

Bergeron earned both her Bachelor of Science in biology and her Master of Science in anatomy from Alderson Broaddus University. Bergeron came to Philippi from a small town in Ohio and said her experience as a student at AB inspired her to accept a faculty position.

Dr. Carothers comes to AB from Somerset, Kentucky with more than 27 years of higher education experience. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1984, earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Murray State University, and received his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University. Alderson Broaddus University’s welcoming, motivating, and professional atmosphere inspired Dr. Carothers to join the faculty ranks.

Dr. Drew Ciccarello has joined AB as the new dean of the College of Business and assistant professor of business. Dr. Ciccarello is originally from Charleston, West Virginia and earned graduate degrees in both business and education and received his doctorate in leadership/organization development. Ciccarello said he is happy to be part of the AB community and is eager to use his experience to assist in building up the College of Business.

Professor Criss relocated from Chicago, Illinois to Fayette County, West Virginia and earned her undergraduate degree from West Virginia University of Charleston and a Master of Nursing degree from Louisiana State University, New Orleans campus. This year, Criss is celebrating 30 years as a registered nurse. She is eager to bring her love for nursing and teaching to her role at AB.

Dr. Dorsey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from West Liberty University and his Juris Doctor degree from West Virginia University. As a licensed attorney, Dorsey says he has always had his sights on higher education and is thankful for the opportunity to transition into a new career at AB.

Dr. Gray is a West Virginia native coming to AB by way of Riversville. She earned her doctoral degree in education from West Virginia University, a master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Akron, and completed undergraduate work in speech communication, English, and French from Fairmont State College. Dr. Gray credits the culture of community and the commitment to quality education as her motivation for joining the Alderson Broaddus faculty.

Rhoda Leeson is returning to AB as instructor of nursing in the College of Health, Science, Technology, & Mathematics. Leeson graduated from Alderson Broaddus in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in nursing and has plans toward earning a master’s degree in nursing education. Her career as a registered nurse has focused on patient care and education. Leeson says accepting the faculty position with AB feels like coming home.

Professor O’Connor is a native of Charleston, West Virginia and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Marshall University. O’Connor says he chose to join the AB faculty because he believes in the University’s mission to provide high-quality education to best prepare students for success.

Professor Raol is originally from Morgantown, West Virginia and received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from West Virginia University. During her career in education, she has been a substitute teacher, a classroom teacher, an experiential learning educator, and a professional development provider. Raol said she was excited to join AB because she values the opportunity to connect with and motivate students.

Susan Senderak is a transplant to West Virginia from Illinois. She received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Loyola University, a Master of Science in nursing from Regis University, and is now working toward her doctorate at Capella University. Senderak was motivated to join the AB team by her daughter, who attended the University as a student.

Simmons is a native of Elkins, West Virginia. Simmons graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in nursing and went on to receive a Master of Science degree in nursing in 2016. She hopes to bring her particular interest in holistic medicine and wellness to the classroom.

Dr. Susan Simmons received her undergraduate degrees from Davis & Elkins College and West Virginia University, a master’s degree in nursing from Wheeling Jesuit University, and a doctorate in nursing practice from Walden University. With more than ten years of nursing education experience and 25 years of patient care knowledge, Dr. Simmons is an asset to the program.

About Alderson Broaddus University 

Alderson Broaddus (AB) University is a private, four-year institution of higher education located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences.

AB stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate Physician Assistant program of its kind in 1968, the first post-baccalaureate Physician Assistant Master’s degree program in 1990, and West Virginia’s first four-year Nursing program in 1945. For more information, visit www.ab.edu

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Photo Caption:

2019 New Faculty: Front row, from left to right: Susan Simmons, Jenna Simmons, Mackenzie Bergeron, Susan Senderak, Adam Anderson, and James Dorsey. Back row: Joni Gray, Marcie Raol, Austin O’Connor, Drew Ciccarello, Frank Carothers, Rhoda Leeson, and LyCricia Criss.

Alderson Broaddus University Celebrates Historic Commencement Ceremony with Physician Assistant and Teacher Leader Graduates

Twenty-eight members of the Class of 2019 Physician Assistant Studies Program received their Master of Science degrees, and four members of the first Teacher Leader program graduating class received their Master of Education degrees during AB’s Graduate Commencement Ceremony in Wilcox Chapel on August 16.

The Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2019 include: Charlene Marie Arena from Aliquippa, Pa.; Rachel Christine Ashley from Teays Valley, W.Va.; Megan Dawn Bartlett from Fairmont, W.Va.; Keri Bedillion from Washington, Pa.; Shawn T. Beltz from Mt. Gilead, Ohio; Vivian Angelica Bracero from Manassas, Va.; Jordan Ann Brewer from Uniontown, Pa.; Nida Rasool Chaudhry from Manassas, Va.; Marie Christenson from Buffalo, Mn.; Amanda Mary Fitzgerald from Mokena, Ill.; Tonya Marie Gayman from Washington, Pa.; Avery Gookin from Morgantown, W.Va.; Jory C. Gotham from Gouverneur, N.Y.; Elizabeth Katheryn Holsclaw from Trenton, Mich.; Alexa Danielle Kuenzel from Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; Elizabeth Marie Luttner from Pittsburgh, Pa.; Melanie Marie Lyon from Mesa, Ariz.; Michelle Nicolette Mandus from Pittsburgh, Pa.; Elizabeth Sinclair McLean from Charlotte, N.C.; Robert Oshnock, II from Macomb, Mich.; Amelia Katelyn Paine from Daniels, W.Va.; Joe Jaxon Panelli from Mesa, Ariz.; Nicolai Armand Pineda from Atlanta, Ga.; Ethan Ramsey from New Milton, W.Va.; Nicholas Ronald Schubring from New Glarus, Wis.; Sahara Joelle Stanley from Princeton, W.Va.; Aleksandra Tomczyk from Whippany, N.J.; and Rawan Zeidan from Swartz Creek, Mich.

These professionals join a long line of physician assistants graduating from the nation’s first physician assistant program, founded in 1968 by AB’s own Dr. Hu C. Myers.

The Teacher Leadership Class of 2019 includes Marian Katherine Cummings from Lumberport, W.Va.; Jennifer M. Fleshman from Parkersburg, W.Va.; Erin Catherine Gallagher from Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Jerri Lynn Hinebaugh from Bridgeport, W.Va. AB’s Teacher Leader program is designed to assist teachers in becoming leaders in their schools, provide a strong understanding of research-based practices, and guide authentic, hands-on research within their classroom and school.

The commencement speaker, Jeff Lamphere has the privilege of being a 1986 and 2009 graduate of AB University, a current member of the AB Board of Trustees, and adjunct professor of health professional services at Campbell University College of Pharmacy & Health Science in Buies Creek, N.C. 

Lamphere’s address to the class, titled “Remembering the Man in the Mirror,” left students with a message of faith, hope, and love in all things. He urged graduates to use what they have learned to find their passion and do what they love, to take words of wisdom as they come, and remember to learn from life’s greatest lessons.

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Joan Propst presented the class with degrees. Four students were inducted into Pi Alpha, the national Physician Assistant honor society that honors significant academic achievement, leadership, research, community, and professional service. Those awarded were: Charlene Marie Arena, Megan Dawn Bartlett, Amanda Mary Fitzgerald, and Tonya Marie Gayman.

Graduate students of the Physician Assistant Studies Program were presented hoods by College of Medical Science Dean and Physician Assistant Studies Program Director Thomas Moore. Graduates of the Teacher Leader program were presented hoods by College of Education and Music Dean Erin Brumbaugh and Education Adjunct Senior Lecturer Joseph Super.

AB University President Dr. Tim Barry conferred the degrees and left the graduates with his last remarks, “Your labor has not been in vain as you have prepared yourself for a career of service to humankind.”

About Alderson Broaddus University 

Alderson Broaddus (AB) University is a private, four-year institution of higher education located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences.

AB stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate Physician Assistant program of its kind in 1968, the first post-baccalaureate Physician Assistant Master’s degree program in 1990, and West Virginia’s first four-year Nursing program in 1945. For more information, visit www.ab.edu.

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Photo Captions:

Top: Class of 2019 Physician Assistant Studies Program Graduates – First row, from left to right: Keri Bedillion, Nida Chaudhry, Jordan Brewer, Vivian Bracero, Rachel Ashley, Sahara Stanley, Rawan Zeidan. Second row: Megan Bartlett, Tonya Gayman, Maria Christenson, Amanda Fitzgerald, Avery Gookin, Jory Gotham, Elizabeth Holsclaw, Alexa Kuenzel, Elizabeth Luttner, Melanie Lyon, Michelle Mandus. Third row: Charlene Arena, Nicholas Schubring, Elizabeth Sinclair McLean, Shawn Beltz, Amelia Paine, Alexsandra Tomczyk, Joe Panelli, Nicolai Armand Pineda, Ethan Ramsey, and Robert Oshnock, II.

Bottom: Class of 2019 Teacher Leader Program Graduates – From left to right: Jerri Hinebaugh, Erin Gallagher, and Marian Cummings.

For a full recording of AB’s 2019 Graduate Commencement Ceremony, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lhcO99ClkE&t=745s

For the news media coverage, please click here: https://www.wboy.com/news/barbour/alderson-broaddus-students-receive-masters-degrees/