Wesleyan names new VP for academic affairs

Dr. Boyd Creasman, professor of English and director of the School of Fine Arts and Humanities, has been named vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He will begin his duties July 1.

Creasman has served in the capacity of chair of the English Department, director of General Studies, director of First-Year Seminar and co-chair of the Retention Committee. He was presented the Award for Exemplary Teaching in 2002, the Outstanding Academic Advisor in 1999, and the Outstanding Teacher in the Honors Program in 1998, 2007 and 2012. He also has been published in several literary journals and has been a presenter at a number of academic conferences.

Creasman will oversee leadership for academics, from recruiting and retaining faculty to reviewing academic programs. Currently, he supervises faculty, directs the assessment program and coordinates course development offerings as the director of the School of Fine Arts and Humanities, a position he has held since 2010.

Creasman said his predecessor played a very integral role in helping the college become what it is today and putting it on a path of success.

“Larry Parsons is such a legend,” Creasman said. “He has delivered high-quality music programs, and he is a highly respected and admired figure who has done great work in this position. I admire him as a person, and I want to keep us moving on the path of excellence.”

However, with his eyes on the future, Creasman understands just how much his current role has prepared him for new endeavors.

“My current position has prepared me to handle the scope of problems you try to solve or solutions you seek out that make it difficult to get to everything,” he said. “You have to prioritize and be proactive. You have to be creative at a small school with fiscal realities, but I look forward to addressing the challenges Wesleyan faces.”

Creasman received his Ph.D. and master’s degree in English from Florida State University and his Bachelor of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University. He began his tenure at West Virginia Wesleyan in 1990.