POSTED:  Aug. 21, 2012 – West Liberty University will now be offering its Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Administration (BLA) to students on site at West Virginia Northern Community College’s New Martinsville campus.

WLU and WVNCC administrators celebrate the new BLA program.

From left, WLU Dean Dr. Tom Michaud, WVNCC VP Michael Koon, WVNCC Dean Larry Tackett and WLU Provost Dr. Anthony Koyzis celebrate the new program.

“The expansion of this successful program has been in the works for a while and we are pleased to announce this partnership. Students will find that our program offers a speedy way to complete a bachelor’s degree in a convenient setting,” said Dr. Thomas Michaud, Dean of West Liberty University’s School of Professional Studies, located at the Highlands Center.

Classes are forming now and will begin in January 2013 at the New Martinsville campus, located at 141 Main Street.

At a time when the cost of higher education is under constant scrutiny, Michaud believes that the WLU BLA is a perfect choice for many adults.

“Our BLA is very popular with adult students at the Highlands Center and we are grateful to West Virginia Northern for helping us reach those who want to enroll right here in New Martinsville,” Michaud added. “The return on investment for students completing the WLU BLA is very attractive and makes it a real benefit for today’s students.”

Dean Larry Tackett leads the WVNCC New Martinsville campus and is pleased to have this additional program for his students.

“Our students will find that the WLU degree is both economical and empowering. It is a boost to careers and makes a degree attainable. We welcome WLU and its professors to our campus,” Tackett said. Tackett has worked with adult learners for more than 15 years.

Students must be at least 23 years old and have more than 60 semester hours of credit to enroll in the BLA program. Qualified students are able to receive substantial credit for work experience once they create and submit a portfolio of achievements, according to Michaud.

“The BLA program can be completed within 19 months, and students typically meet all of the graduation requirements for the bachelor degree upon completion of the program, making it one of the most efficient methods available for earning a college degree,” Michaud said.

Classes meet once a week for the 36-hour program. Tuition for the BLA program is the same for all students, regardless if they reside in West Virginia, Ohio or Pennsylvania and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

For complete information, please contact Michaud at 304-217-2800, ext. 2, or Senior Program Assistant Mary Lou Conley at ext. 4.

West Liberty University is a forward-looking, four-year public university steeped in a rich heritage as West Virginia’s oldest institution of higher education.  Established as West Liberty Academy in 1837, it was created to respond to the need for higher educational opportunities west of the Appalachians.

Led by President Robin C. Capehart, West Liberty is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information, please visit or call 1.866.WESTLIB.