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Chamber members honored

May 17, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

The Barbour County Chamber of Commerce has selected Dr. Joan Propst and Bruce Pearson as members of the month for April.

Propst, a native of Petersburg, was raised in Philippi and graduated from Philip Barbour High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Alderson-Broaddus College and a master's degree in nursing and doctorate in higher education administration at West Virginia University.

She currently serves as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Alderson-Broaddus College.

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Dr. Joan Propst, left, and Bruce Pearson are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce’s members of the month for April. Propst is the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Alderson-Broaddus College, while Pearson is the general manager of Sodexo Dining Services at the college.

Propst was a member of the A-B College nursing faculty, director the college's RN-BSN Degree Completion Program and director of the International Nursing Partnership with Arellan University in the Philippines. She served as director of nursing staff development for West Virginia University Hospitals from 1988 to 1994.

She is a member of Philippi Chapter 41 of the Order of the Eastern Star, Sigma theta Tau Nursing Honorary and the West Virginia Nurses Association, where she was chosen nurse of the year in 2003. She was elected faculty member of the year at A-B in 2009.

"The best thing A-B has going for it is the faculty," she said. "They are our heroes who bring the written mission of the college to life in our students every day."

Pearson was born and raised in Sacramento, Calif. He is a graduate of Elk Grove High School and the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls with a degree in culinary arts. He was employed by the Delaware North Company DFW in Dallas, Texas, in 2009. He became general manager of Sodexo in Philippi last August.

He is a member of the American Culinary Federation with the title of working chef. He was chairman of the Finance Committee of the Greater Oklahoma United Way.

"Although Sodexo provides complete food service to our A-B College students, we seek to reach out to the community and serve Barbour County as well," Pearson said.



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