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Keynote Speaker

Keith Cotroneo is in his eighth year as president of Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington, WV. In addition to his work at Mountwest, he has served as a community college chief academic officer in Massachusetts, New York and Oregon. Keith’s primary focus, throughout his career, has been the design of postsecondary organizational systems that maximize student success. In 2011, Mountwest received a $5 million federal grant to test implementation of a comprehensive student success strategy known as the Beacon Project. This award was followed by an additional $7 million in funding to institutionalize the project and add supplemental enhancements. Mountwest students have benefited significantly from these changes which have also resulted in a positive cultural shift for the institution. The conference presentation will highlight key elements of the transformation, as well as pointing out lessons learned along the way.
Conference Presentation:  "Right to Fail vs. Right to Succeed: Successful (and unsuccessful) Strategies for assisting Non-Traditional Students"