Agriculture & Forestry Advisory Board re-constituted at PSC

Agriculture and Forestry Advisory Board

Members of the recently formed Agriculture and Forestry Advisory Board at Potomac State College of West Virginia University gathered for a picture during their first meeting. Those available for the picture included: Front (l-r) Patrick McCurdy, Lauren Wilson, Carol Webb, and Dr. Joseph McNeel. Back row (l-r) College Provost Dr. Leonard Colelli, Jerry Yates, Douglas Toothman, David Seymour, Dr. Darin Matlick, and Thomas McConnell. Not pictured are: Brian Barkley, Donna Brooke-Alt and Les Shoemaker, Jr.

By Debi Swick-Cruse

Potomac State College of West Virginia University’s Campus Provost Leonard Colelli, Ph.D., recently met with members of the re-constitutedAgriculture and Forestry Advisory Board at the College.

According to Dr. Colelli, the College is in the process of working with an outside consultant to review several aspects of the agriculture programs.

“We want to determine if the associate of arts agriculture programs are still appropriately aligned with their related baccalaureate programs in the Davis College on the main campus, benchmark our associate of applied science (AAS) programs with similar programs at the national level, determine if a plus two (+2) bachelor of applied science degree program would be a viable option for our AAS programs and if so, develop such a program,” said Dr. Colelli.

Members of the newly-formed board include: Brian Barkley, owner of Maple Hollow Farm & Fence, Manns Choice, Penn.; Donna Brooke-Alt, Brookdale Farms, Keyser, W.VA.; Darin Matlick, doctor of veterinarian medicine, also from Keyser; Thomas McConnell, program leader for WVU Extension Small Farm Center, WVU Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Morgantown, W.Va.; Patrick McCurdy, regional biologist for Virginia and West Virginia, National Wild Turkey Federation, Marlinton, W.Va.; Dr. Joseph McNeel, director of forest resources with the WVU Division of Forestry and Natural Resources in Morgantown; David Seymour, Pendleton County WVU Extension Service, Franklin, W.Va.; Les Shoemaker, Jr., executive director at the Hampshire County Development Authority, Romney, W.Va.; Douglas Toothman, manager, Land Resources/Western Pocahontas Properties, Huntington, W.Va.; Carol Webb, Mineral County Technical Center, Keyser; Lauren Wilson, Sites Law Firm, Keyser; and Jerry Yates, farm manager at Reymann Memorial Farms, Wardensville, W.Va.  

Other goals of the board include developing strategic plans for both of the College’s farm operations and academic programs, then to align those plans so the academic programs are better integrated with the farm operations.