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Director named for Charleston's Panhandle campus

Kathy Mason has been very active in the Martinsburg business landscape for more than 25 years

June 06, 2013
  • Kathy Mason has been named director of the University of Charleston's Martinsburg campus.
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Kathy Mason has been named director of the University of Charleston’s Martinsburg campus.

Mason will begin her duties immediately, the university said in a news release Tuesday.

“We are very happy to have Kathy Mason on board as we build our presence in Martinsburg,” University of Charleston Regional President Jerry Forster said in the release.

“She brings to UC-Martinsburg a vast knowledge of the region’s business climate, which will be invaluable in helping us recruit quality students to our on-site and online academic programs,” he said.

Mason has been very active in the Martinsburg business landscape for more than 25 years, working for companies such as Flohr Pools, F&M Bank and as branch manager of Manpower. She most recently served as the business programs manager for the Berkeley County Development Authority, where she was responsible for maintenance and execution of the Existing Industry Retention and Expansion Program, as well as the development authority’s contact for all entities and programs associated with local businesses, community development, workforce development and employee/labor force issues.

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“I am very excited to be a part of building the University of Charleston’s presence in the Panhandle,” Mason said in the release.

“UC-Martinsburg offers many distinct programs, which especially benefit working adults interested in earning their degrees,” she said.

Berkeley County Development Authority Executive Director Stephen Christian told the Berkeley County Council last week that Mason was an “incredible asset” to the development authority and he was sad to see her leave.

Mason also is a past chairman of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce, holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership, Management and Development. She is a graduate of Leadership Berkeley and holds certifications in Professional Community and Economic Development and Senior Professional in Human Resources, according to the university’s announcement.

Mason’s appointment comes about six months after the college officially opened their Martinsburg campus upon the closing of Mountain State University at the end of last year. Mountain State University lost accreditation last year and the University of Charleston agreed to assist former Mountain State University students effected by their school’s closure.

The University of Charleston’s Martinsburg campus is at 214 Viking Way, which is where Mountain State University was operating.

— Matthew Umstead

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