WSCC Inaugurates Sixth President Bradley J. Ebersole, Ph.D.
Bradley J. Ebersole, Ph.D. was inaugurated as Washington State Community College's sixth president in a ceremony held today in the Harvey Graham Auditorium on campus.
In today's Inauguration, new College President Ebersole wanted the ceremony to be a celebration of the College, which included a focus on student involvement in the ceremony. The Color Guard presentation which began and ended the ceremony included four students from Washington State's Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). Presentations included present and former students, including current Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) President, student Michael Krichten and Distinguished Alumnus Dr. David Pickering.
The Inauguration Ceremony also represented a kindred relationship between local and state government, and education, with several delegates represented from various educational associations, colleges and school systems as well as several Washington and Morgan County Commissioners, Marietta Mayor Michael Mullen, and Andy Thompson, the 93rd Ohio House District representative.
In his inaugural address, Dr. Ebersole spoke specifically to the students of Washington State saying, "Together we stand ready to work with you, to help you to improve your lives, to make you a success." He also shared the stories of six current and former WSCC students who have benefited from their experiences at Washington State. These students included: Shanin Ford, Amy Stanley, Josef Brack, Judy Bonnette, Lori Ritchey, and Jacob Logue.
President Ebersole concluded his inaugural address by noting his goals as President which include: setting priorities that lead every employee at Washington State to excel; initiating strategies which demonstrate value in employees and creates a culture of trust; building partnerships within the community which will help serve students and build the economy in Southeast Ohio; and creating an inclusive agenda focused on student success.
In closing, he asked for support as the College moves forward towards these goals. "There are times in one's life when one feels they are in exactly the right place and I assure you I find myself in that place today," he said.
Ken Schilling, president of the WSCC Board of Trustees recounted Ebersole's reaction to plans for an inauguration ceremony, "His response was 'Okay, that sounds fine but I want it to be a celebration of the college – not me.' That's why he's here today," Schilling said. "His goal is to make the job less about him and more about the college itself."
Several congratulatory remarks came afar from a variety of associations, government members, local businesses and community colleges who were unable to attend the ceremony. Jim Petro, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, offered his sincere congratulations. "I have met Dr. Ebersole and know that he will lead the college with distinction. Dr. Ebersole, who has a strong background in higher education, brings impressive leadership skills and experience in academic affairs to the presidency at Washington State," said Petro.
All the way from Florida, Dr. Eduardo Padron, president of Miami Dade College, wished Dr. Ebersole the best in his future at Washington State. "Your 35-year career in community college education has prepared you well to excel in this new position," said Padron. "The College's staff, administration and students are fortunate to have someone like you with your qualifications to lead them during challenging economic times."
During the inauguration, Dr. Ebersole announced that he and his wife, Gail Ebersole, are establishing a new scholarship with the WSCC Foundation, the President's Scholarship for Leadership Development. "Leadership has been, and always will be, an important factor in human affairs," said Ebersole. "Developing and cultivating leadership potential and skills in rising individuals is critical to the future of business, public service, education, and to a community." The Ebersoles are contributing an initial $1,000 for the first scholarship recipient, who must demonstrate leadership interests and potential.
An Inaugural Reception immediately followed the ceremony, in the Student Commons of the Arts & Sciences Building.
In 1971 Washington State found its beginnings as the Washington County Technical Institute with a first class of 60 students, taught in the basement of Washington Elementary School in Marietta. Forty years later, the name and location has changed, but the original mission to serve community needs and enrich the lives of students and families through education and workforce development still rings true at Washington State.