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Under her leadership, the implementation of the Crossroads Strategic Plan for Shepherd University is positioning Shepherd as a premier public liberal arts university. Recently accepted as the 26th member of COPLAC, the prestigious Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, Shepherd is preparing students to make an imprint on the world through liberal arts concepts, hands-on experience, and mastery of critical skills. Dr. Shipley oversaw the completion of Shepherd's first comprehensive campaign, which raised more than $25 million in foundation and donor funding. The contributions will increase scholarship opportunities, enhance faculty and staff development, and support the second building in a three-phase Center for Contemporary Arts. Phase II of the CCA houses classroom spaces for sculpture and graphic design, an art gallery, and 200-seat studio theater with support spaces for costume and set design.
Dr. Shipley chairs the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission's Council of Presidents and has led a statewide initiative in adult learning. She is a member of the West Virginia University Hospital-East Board of Directors and BB&T Regional Advisory and Marketing boards.
With an academic career beginning at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, Dr. Shipley also worked in Arizona and Maryland before moving to West Virginia. In addition to holding the rank of Professor, she has filled several administrative roles, including honors director, department chair, dean, and vice president for academic affairs. She is an American Council on Education Fellow and holds degrees in German from Texas Tech and the University of Texas. Her research into the lives of German-Jewish women emigrants, funded by a postdoctoral fellowship at Hebrew Union College, resulted in translations of several previously unpublished diaries from the Holocaust.
Updated January 2012
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