New president says WVWC can be the "global leader in liberal arts education"

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BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (WDTV)- A new face has taken lead of West Virginia Wesleyan College. On Friday their 19th president was welcomed in and he stressed the value of the liberal arts school.

Dr. Joel Thierstein says we're in a time of great change and liberal arts education is more important than ever. He says Wesleyan is ahead of the game, which he credits to the president stepping down. He says the school has the chance to be a world leader in liberal arts. 5 News asked him how he plans to start that lead.

“Our financial situation is good, our enrollment is good, and the college atmosphere is wonderful," Thierstein said. "And so I think that gives us a nice start. And then the rest of it is as we start to move in a global direction we start to become more of a presence not only nationally, but internationally. That's time and effort and strategic planning and collaboration with the faculty and staff here at Wesleyan. I'm very excited about that opportunity."

See the video above to hear why he personally loves the Buckhannon area.