Survival of the Fittest? The Rebranding of West Virginia Higher Education by James M. Owston, EdD. Winner of the 2009 Alice L. Beeman Dissertation Award for Outstanding Research in Communications and Marketing in Educational Advancement and the 2008 Leo and Margaret Goodman-Malamuth Outstanding Dissertation for Research in Higher Education Administration

Photos from the Defense

Sign in the Lobby

"The Monster"

The Defense

More of the Defense

Answering a Question

Dr. Polk participated by Phone

Dr. Rudy Pauley, Interim Dean;
Graduate School of Education & Professional Development

The Team

Dr. Powell Toth; Dr. Jack Yeager, former chair; Jim Owston, candidate; Dr. Bobbi Nicholson, chair;
Dr. Keith Spears, minor chair; & Dr. Charles H. Polk (inset: participated by phone).

Dr. Polk is the President of Mountain State University

Dr. Yeager is a Professor Emeritus in Leadership Studies at Marshall University Graduate College

Dr. Owston is the Senior Academic Officer for Instructional Technology at Mountain State University

Drs. Nicholson and Toth are Professors in Leadership Studies at Marshall University Graduate College

Dr. Spears is the former Vice President of Communication and Marketing at Marshall University and is
currently the Director of Special Programs for the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts

©2007-2009 James Martin Owston. Short portions of this document may be quoted without permission, although the author would like to know how you used this information in your research. Larger portions will require permission. Email Owston with any comments at He is available to answer any questions regarding the research and writing of this dissertation. Thanks for visiting.


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