[caption id="attachment_34693" align="alignleft" width="292"]<img class=" wp-image-34693" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2018\/10\/Dr.-Bonny-Copenhaver-named-president-of-NRCTC.jpg" alt="" width="292" height="389" \/> Dr. Betty Copenhaver[\/caption]\r\n<h1>Dr. Bonny Copenhaver from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior, Wisconsin, has been selected to serve as the fourth president of New River Community and Technical College. She is the college\u2019s first female president.<\/h1>\r\nCopenhaver\u2018s appointment was announced following approval by the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education at a meeting on Oct. 11. During their regularly scheduled meeting on Oct. 4, the New River CTC Board of Governors voted to recommend her for approval by the Council.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re pleased to welcome Dr. Copenhaver,\u201d said Board of Governors Chair Dr. Tom Lemke. \u201cHer community college experience will truly be an asset to New River CTC moving forward.\u201d\r\n\r\nCopenhaver has dedicated her career in higher education to working in community colleges. She has extensive experience in higher education having held positions in areas ranging from faculty to fund raising as well as academic roles including Dean, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Campus Administration. In 2010, she received the Woman of Achievement award from the Women in Higher Education in Tennessee.\r\n\r\n\u201cNew River CTC is a great resource to the community. I\u2019m honored and humbled to be chosen as the College\u2019s next president,\u201d Copenhaver said. \u201cThe College is a young school and holds tremendous potential. I\u2019m excited to be a part of that growth.\u201d\r\n\r\nTo aid in growth, Copenhaver plans to travel throughout New River CTC\u2019s nine county service region early in her presidency.\r\n\r\n\u201cI look forward to reaching out, learning about and getting to know the communities New River CTC serves. I can tell that each has its own personality and needs, and I want to help to connect with the people and businesses so that each community really feels that New River CTC is its community\u2019s college,\u201d she added.\r\n\r\nCopenhaver is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with her bachelor\u2019s and master\u2019s in English and doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. She also holds a graduate certificate in women\u2019s studies from Western Kentucky University.\r\n\r\nCopenhaver replaces Dr. L. Marshall Washington, who left New River CTC in June to become president of Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Texas Township, Michigan. Dr. Kathy Butler is serving as interim president and will stay on to assist her during the transition period.\r\n\r\nShe will begin her duties on Jan. 2, 2019.\r\n\r\nNew River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver).