Daniel Mosser named new West Virginia Northern head

WHEELING — West Virginia Northern Community College’s Board of Governors has named Daniel Mosser as the college’s eighth president.

Mosser is expected to start his tenure officially on Sept. 16, with his appointment pending approval from the Community and Technical College System.

He succeeds J. Michael Koon, who has been the interim president since July 1, 2018. Koon, who did not enter the presidential search, will now re-enter retirement, capping a 44-year career at WVNCC.

“The board unanimously voted to select Mosser to lead WVNCC as our next president,” said board Chair David Artman. “We feel WVNCC is uniquely poised for the future and with Mosser’s experience, visionary leadership and innovative ideas he became the ideal candidate to lead us during this significant time in our history.”

A Western Pennsylvania native, Mosser has worked in higher education and work force training for more than 34 years, including more than 18 years as a senior executive in community colleges.

“This is truly an extraordinary opportunity, and I am honored to be selected as the next president of WVNCC,” Mosser said. “I was so impressed with everyone I met during this selection process on all three WVNCC campuses, and I look forward to working together as we embark on a very exciting time in this community and at Northern. I am looking forward to building upon the positive impact the college has had in the lives of our students.”

“It quickly became apparent to us that Mosser is a community minded leader and his commitment to faculty, staff and student success is a top priority,” Artman added. “The board went through an extensive process in searching for the right person to lead the college and is grateful to the Foundation Board, chancellor, faculty, staff and community leaders who provided input and feedback in this process.”

The board of governors was assisted in the search by Myers McRae, a higher education executive search and consulting firm from Macon, Ga.

Most recently, Mosser served as vice president for continuing education and work force development at the College of Southern Maryland, a community college serving three southern counties in Maryland. During his tenure as vice president, he was responsible for an annual headcount of 11,000 students. He re-established a rapidly declining continuing education unit to a respectable program with more than 800 full-time enrolled students.

Mosser’s career began as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Maryland. In 1992, he was appointed director of curriculum and instruction for Home Builders Institute and the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C.

In 1996, he became vice president for education and work force development with Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. He then served nine years as vice president for work force development and continuing education for Prince George’s Community College in Maryland.

Mosser earned a doctorate in industrial, technological and occupational education with a minor in measurement and statistics from the University of Maryland at College Park. He has taught at the middle school, high school and university levels. He holds professional teacher certification in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

WVNCC, founded in 1972, WVNCC offers transfer degrees and programs on campuses in Weirton, Wheeling and New Martinsville.