BETHANY, W.Va. – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey visited Bethany College on Wednesday as part of his tour of the state’s Northern Panhandle.

Patrick MorriseyWhile on campus, Morrisey (R., Harpers Ferry) met with Bethany President Rev. Dr. Tamara Nichols Rodenberg, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer Dennis McMaster, and village Mayor Shirley Kemp.

Much of their discussion centered on how the state, the college, and the village can form strategic partnerships on economic development and internship and employment opportunities to keep Bethany’s graduates in West Virginia.

Kemp said she has formed a mayor’s council of students and would like to see more activities that unite the college and the village.

Rodenberg also expressed her thanks to the state for its support through the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2020, Bethany transitioned from an entirely residential program to remote learning within two weeks.

State funding allowed the college to test all students, faculty, and staff for COVID-19 upon their return to campus in the fall, and continue random testing throughout the year in compliance with NCAA protocols and compete in all sports during the spring season.

Morrisey began his Northern Panhandle tour Tuesday with stops in Paden City, Moundsville, and Wheeling to discuss such issues as business development, broadband access, and the opioid epidemic.


Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.