KEYSER, WV, MAY 4, 2022 – Mark McCoy, Ph.D., a multi-talented composer, conductor, coach, and leader in higher education who currently serves as senior advisor to West Virginia University President Gordon Gee will be WVU Potomac State College’s 119th commencement speaker. The graduation ceremony will be held Saturday, May 7, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Church-McKee Arts Center.
Dr. McCoy’s career includes serving as President of DePauw University, dean of the DePauw University School of Music, music executive of Shepherd University, CEO of MusicFirst Festivals, and as a public-school teacher in Maryland and West Virginia.
He has been invited to speak throughout the country and is a sought-after executive coach. His work in the community has had meaningful impact in every assignment and his town/gown efforts are praised by elected officials, community leaders and the public at large.
With degrees from Shepherd, the Peabody Conservatory and Texas Tech University, his diverse educational background makes him a firm believer in and product of, both, the professional school and the liberal arts tradition.
As a conductor, Dr. McCoy has performed in Spain, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, France, England, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic as well as throughout the US including Carnegie Hall and the White House. Dr. McCoy has composed a symphony, an opera, operettas, musicals, and many instrumental works and is currently revising his novel, Curtain Music, concerning the relationship of Brahms and the Schumanns.- WVU PSC -