PHILIPPI, W.Va.—September 5, 2019—Alderson Broaddus University commences a new academic year by welcoming the Class of 2023. Students from nearly 20 countries and 35 states represent a more than ten percent increase over the incoming class of 2018, bringing a more diverse and vibrant culture to AB and the community.
“We are excited to welcome the Class of 2023 to Alderson Broaddus University,” said Executive Vice President for Administration and Vice President for Enrollment Management Dr. Eric Shor. “Our innovative and adaptive programming offers students a distinctive experience. I look forward to what this group will accomplish at Alderson Broaddus.”
The incoming class and their families were welcomed to campus with a weekend full of activities for Orientation 2019 August 17-30, and students have since settled into the initial weeks of fall semester courses.
On Thursday, September 5, Opening Convocation officially welcomed back students and staff to the AB community. The convocation included a welcome address from Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Joan Propst, a performance by the West Virginians, and the traditional parade of flags ceremony.
This year’s Opening Convocation address was given by Assistant Professor of Business and Faculty Member of the Year Elizabeth H. McComas. McComas graduated from Alderson Broaddus in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and later became a member of the faculty in 1989. Her address, titled “Lessons,” encouraged students to make friends, live in the moment, learn to be patient, and show kindness in all parts of life.
More than 910 students are making AB their home away from home and trusting in the University’s rich tradition of providing the highest quality education. Welcome home, Battlers.
About Alderson Broaddus University
Alderson Broaddus (AB) University is an independent institution of higher learning, committed to serving the region as an academic, cultural, and religious resource, with programs based on a liberal arts foundation.
The mission of AB is to provide students with the highest quality education, striving to prepare students to succeed in their chosen disciplines and to fulfill their roles in a diverse society as well-rounded and responsible citizens.
Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences. The University stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate Physician Assistant program of its kind in 1968, the first post-baccalaureate Physician Assistant Master’s degree program in 1990, and West Virginia’s first four-year Nursing program in 1945.
AB is located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. The University is rooted in historic and continuing relationships with the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.
For more information about AB, visit www.ab.edu.