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University of Charleston introduces new president Roth


Charleston Gazette-Mail

Martin Roth (center), the next president of the University of Charleston, is introduced at the school Tuesday. Roth, the dean of the University of Hartford’s business school, in Connecticut, will take over for longtime UC President Ed Welch later this year.
(Gazette-Mail photo by Chris Dorst)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When he takes over as the president of the University of Charleston later this year, Martin Roth knows he has big shoes to fill.

Roth, who was selected to become the next president at UC in December, will replace current President Ed Welch when he retires in June. Welch has been the president at UC for nearly three decades, starting in 1989.

“We’re really fortunate the university has had a leader who is incredibly well ingrained within the greater Charleston and West Virginia community,” Roth said at an event Tuesday where he was introduced to the university community.
Roth said he was interested in the position because of UC’s efforts in innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and its commitment to student success — all things he’s hoping to build on even further during his tenure at the university.

“What attracted me to the position was really the great foundation Ed [Welch] and his leadership team, the faculty and the staff have done here at the University of Charleston,” he said, noting the university’s innovation center and entrepreneurship efforts to help better prepare students for life after graduation.

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