New River Community and Technical College will host the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours Sept. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Business After Hours is an opportunity to connect with business leaders in the community and showcase their business.
Immediately following Business After Hours, an Entrepreneur Café will be held at the New River auditorium from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
New River is a relatively young institution, but it has a rich history through its predecessor institutions, Bluefield State and Glenville State colleges. New River’s Greenbrier Valley Campus (GVC) in Lewisburg has an even more complex history.
What started in 1969 as an extension center offering credits through West Virginia University evolved over time into a branch of the two-year component of Bluefield State College and finally emerged as part of New River, an independent community and technical college created by the Legislature in 2003 and independently accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in 2005.
Over the years, what is now the Greenbrier Valley Campus has migrated from the halls of Greenbrier East High School, to an old gymnasium on the campus of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (which served the Greenbrier Military School), and finally to Greenbrier Hall, which was once part of Greenbrier College.
Through the efforts of community leaders and generous donors, the once abandoned building was renovated and opened as the Greenbrier Community College Center of Bluefield State in January 1998. Dr. David Perkins, who served as the last director of the Center while it was affiliated with Bluefield State, was named provost, and eventually became the first president of New River after the Legislature created the institution.
Under the leadership of Dr. Ted D. Spring, who became the second president in 2005, New River underwent a period of tremendous growth, both in terms of student population and the number of full-time faculty and staff. Spring left to accept a position in North Carolina in November 2012.
In March, Dr. L. Marshall Washington was named the third president of the college. He will be inaugurated in a ceremony in Beckley on Sept. 21.
Business After Hours is offered monthly by the Greater Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce.
If you are a member of the Chamber and would like to attend New River Community College’s Business After Hours, register with the Chamber at www.greenbrierwvchamber.org or call 645-2818 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org