West Virginia’s Community and Technical College System chancellor, Dr. Sarah Armstrong Tucker, will deliver the commencement speech at the Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College graduation ceremony on May 12.
Tucker, the first woman to hold the state chancellor position, has helped West Virginia make significant gains in transforming developmental education at the community college level and spent her career focusing on college access, particularly for first-generation rural students, and redesigning developmental education.
Throughout her tenure, West Virginia has moved to the co-requisite model of remediation and as a result, the student success rate in those courses has increased from 13 to 64 percent. She has worked to include expanding transfer and articulation agreements between two- and- four-year institutions and secured funding from Complete College America to help students reach their educational goals.
In addition to growing and strengthening business and industry partners to improve education and training for the state’s most in-demand jobs, Tucker has focused on supporting dislocated workers and secured a $5.2 million grant from the Department of Labor.
Prior to her role as chancellor, Tucker served as the director of planning and research for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia. She holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Harvard University, a master of arts in quantitative research methodology from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate from the School of Education at the University of Michigan.
The commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 12 at 10 a.m. at the Moorefield Middle School Gymnasium, 303 Caledonia Heights Rd. in Moorefield.
The program for the commencement ceremony can be viewed here.