Benjamin Walsh named Interim Coordinator of Agriculture & Forestry at Potomac State

By Debi Swick-Cruse

Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University (WVU) President Leonard Colelli, Ph.D., is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Benjamin O. Walsh to the position of Interim Unit Coordinator of Agriculture, Forestry and Campus Farms.

In addition to teaching three-to-nine credit hours a semester, Walsh will assist in recruitment, retention and marketing as well as developing a web presence and strategic plan for Ag and Forestry academic programs and farm operations.  He will also coordinate with the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at WVU to develop and maintain an entrepreneurial 2+2 A.A.S./B.A.S. program in Ag & Forestry at Potomac State.

Benjamin O. Walsh
Benjamin O. Walsh

“I am greatly excited about the opportunity to continue the development of an outstanding Agriculture and Forestry program here at Potomac State.  I am particularly excited about the creation of the two- and four-year entrepreneurship-based degree programs.  The development of these programs will allow our students to get real-life, hands-on experience in developing agriculture enterprises, while utilizing Potomac State’s farms and facilities to further their educations.  This will separate our program from others in the region and will allow us to offer students a truly unique educational experience,” said Walsh.

Walsh previously owned and operated Green Glades Dairy, which included a herd of 65 registered Jersey Cows, along with Green Glades Creamery, an international award-winning specialty cheese production operation.

He holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in agricultural and environmental education, and the other one in agribusiness management and rural development.  He earned a master’s degree in agriculture, forestry and consumer sciences, all from WVU.

In addition to serving as a graduate and teaching assistant at WVU, Walsh also served as an intern with the American Farmland Trust and as an agricultural technician and plant protection aid with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

He has served as the featured speaker at various workshops and presented at several conferences.  He was the recipient of the Silver and Bronze Medals at the World Jersey Cheese Awards, was the winner of the WV Recipe Challenge and received the Administrator’s Award for Meritorious Service with the USDA.

“In talking with Ben, I was impressed with his background, practical farm experience and entrepreneurial nature; qualities I believe are needed to amplify the quality and effectiveness of our Agriculture and Forestry programs here at the College,” said Dr. Colelli.

Walsh and his wife, Callee, are the parents of a two-year old and an infant.