Campus Provost Leonard Colelli to Address Potomac State’s 2013 Graduates

Leonard Colelli, Ph.D., Campus Provost at Potomac State College of West Virginia University (WVU), will address the 2013 graduating class on Saturday, May 11 at 11 a.m. in the Church-McKee Arts Center.

“It seems fitting that Dr. Colelli deliver the graduation speech during commencement since this is his first year as provost of the College,” stated Interim Director of Curriculum and Instruction Phil Douthitt.

Leonard Colelli, Ph.D., Campus Provost at Potomac State College
Leonard Colelli, Ph.D., Campus Provost at Potomac State College

Dr. Colelli began his tenure on July 1, 2012 and in this time frame has demonstrated a strong commitment to the continued advancement of Potomac State’s mission through the implementation of several initiatives including the development of a strategic plan that aligns Potomac State’s goals and objectives with WVU’s strategic plan; increasing funds to better support the teaching mission of the College; reestablishing the Agriculture and Forestry Advisory Board to help with upgrades with academic programs and farm operations; launching national searches for a new Dean for Academic Affairs and a Campus Development Officer; representing the College in Charleston during Mineral County and Higher Ed Days; and cultivating relationships with businesses and members of the surrounding community among other initiatives.

Dr. Colelli has more than 30 years of teaching and managerial experience at the secondary, community college and comprehensive baccalaureate/master’s degree levels. He has managed an eclectic combination of academic programs in science, engineering technology, aviation technology, consumer sciences, mathematics, education, business, and nursing.

Prior to coming to Potomac State, Dr. Colelli served as Dean of the Eberly College of Science and Technology at California University (Cal U) in California, Pa., a position he had held since January 2000. He was active in faculty evaluation, program level accreditation, curriculum development, learning-facility renovations, workforce training/development, and efforts to secure outside funding.

Early in his career, Dr. Colelli taught public school and coached track/cross-county in Ohio and later he was a department chair and tenured professor of the School of Technology at Fairmont State University.

Dr. Colelli earned a baccalaureate in Industrial Arts Education from Cal U, a master’s in Industrial Education from the University of Maryland and a doctorate in Industrial Technology Education from The Ohio State University. He has proven to be an effective teacher and has been involved in many service related activities including leadership roles on numerous academic committees as well as advisory boards such as the Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center and the Mon Valley Community Education Council.

He and his wife, Linda, are the parents of two young adults; Daniel Colelli and Lindsey Weese.