Dr. Joan Propst is beginning her first academic term as Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Alderson Broaddus University. This newly created executive position was instituted in mid-2009, and after months serving as the Interim Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Propst was appointed by Dr. J. Michael Clyburn, President, in February 2010 to permanently serve in the position.
"As College president, I am regularly assured that Dr. Propst will serve the mission of our institution with openness, compassion, inclusion, wisdom, and good judgment," said Dr. Clyburn. "She is known by her peers and students for her caring attitude, approachability, accessibility, and organization acumen. Her administrative skills include a clear understanding of accreditation and licensure requirements. She has a known commitment to collaboration, team development, systems improvement, and academic quality."
A 1979 graduate of AB University, Dr. Propst earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing and a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration from West Virginia University. In 2006, she completed the Basic Parish Nurse Preparation Course sponsored by WVU in partnership with Hospice Care Corporation. She serves as a part-time parish nurse for the Mansfield United Methodist Church, and is a member of the West Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church task force for health ministry. She served a five-year gubernatorial term appointment on the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, and has held leadership positions in the West Virginia Nurses Association – an organization that named her the 2003 Registered Professional Nurse of the Year.
Before being named Provost/Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Propst was director of the RN-BSN Degree Completion Program and the International Nursing Partnership. Her responsibilities included teaching junior and senior nursing students in the adult nursing and leadership and management courses, and co-advising the nursing student organization.
In May 2009, she was bestowed the highest faculty honor rendered by AB University by being named the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year.
"Mostly, we respect her for her love for AB University and its students," expressed Dr. Clyburn. "Her tireless work ethic, quality consciousness, faith perspective, and values have brought her to a new leadership role at AB University."
Dr. Propst resides in Philippi with her husband, Ben Propst. She has two sons and one grandson.