Timothy McKenzie, BSU Administrator/"Leadership West Virginia" graduate Bluefield State University administrator Timothy McKenzie recently completed a seven-month “Leadership West Virginia” program that prepares and mobilizes leaders to move West Virginia forward. Forty West Virginians were selected to take part in the program, whose focus is developing a cross-section of leaders to invest their talents into improving the business environment and quality of life throughout the state. Leadership West Virginia consists of monthly two-day educational sessions, each of which takes place in a different community and addresses key issues facing West Virginia. “Being part of this class increased my understanding of the challenges and opportunities for economic, educational, and community betterment in different parts of the state,” McKenzie noted. “Leadership West Virginia opened my eyes to the prosperity that exists in other parts of the state, from the northern and eastern panhandles to the Ohio Valley, and in areas like Huntington, Charleston, and Beckley,” he added. McKenzie told his Leadership classmates that the economic development in their areas is vastly different than what is experienced in southern West Virginia. “I encouraged them to visit this area and work to provide our residents with the same opportunities that West Virginians living in Morgantown, Parkersburg, and Martinsburg can enjoy,” he summarized.