Halftime Heroes Honored at GSC Football Game

Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett and Vice President for Student Life and Athletics, Rusty Vineyard, honored three individuals through GSC’s ‘Half-time Heroes’ initiative during the Pioneer Football game on Saturday, October 7. Cheryl McKinney, Richard Turner, and Dennis Fitzpatrick were recognized and thanked for their efforts on campus, in the community, and in GSC’s service area. Half-time Heroes are individuals who bring recognition to GSC through their dedication and civic duties, which enhances the overall image of Glenville State College.

“I am proud to recognize these three Pioneers as a small token of our appreciation for all of their hard work. One of the best parts of being President at Glenville State College is having the opportunity to work with such great faculty, staff, community leaders, alumni, and donors. The individuals we’ll be honoring as Half-time Heroes work tirelessly to make this campus and our community better places,” said Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

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(l-r) Rusty Vineyard, Dennis Fitzpatrick, Richard Turner, Cheryl McKinney, and President Pellett

McKinney is a resident of Glenville, West Virginia and has worked at Glenville State College for 34 years where she serves as an Associate Professor of Business and Chair of the Department of Business. McKinney is a tenured accounting professor, a Certified Public Accountant, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. She also performs with the student and alumni members of GSC’s Percussion Ensemble which is directed by her husband John, GSC class of 1973 and GSC Associate Professor of Music. Additionally, she was recently elected President of the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Turner is a resident of Normantown, West Virginia and has worked at Glenville State College for 17 years. He serves as a Maintenance Worker in the college’s Physical Plant and is known for his strong work ethic and positive attitude. Turner does his job with pride and is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure a job well done. He was recognized as the Classified Employee of the Year in 2014.

Fitzpatrick, GSC Class of 1973, is a resident of Glenville, West Virginia and served in various capacities at Glenville State College for over twelve years before retiring in 2011. These positions included stints as Athletic Director and Head Coach of the Lady Pioneer Basketball Team. Fitzpatrick is currently serving as the Mayor of Glenville and has been since 2013. His current term runs through mid-2019.

“Alumni, faculty, staff, and community members are vital to the success of Glenville State. We know that this campus has great people and it is my hope that, through initiatives like these, that everyone understands how important they are to us. The recognition of good deeds and outstanding work is something that we should all do more frequently,” Pellett added.

The college also recognized area first responders during the game.

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