Phenomenal Woman Series – Dr. Marsha Krotseng

On this episode, we speak with Dr. Marsha Krotseng, President of Bluefield State College. During this episode, we talk about her 30-year journey through higher education, being the first female president of Bluefield State College and her work to increase the percentage of women presidents and minority presidents in higher education.


Dr. Marsha V. Krotseng became the 13th President of Bluefield State College in Bluefield, West Virginia, in September 2012.  Her 30 years of leadership in higher education includes extensive experience in developing and implementing strategic plans at both the campus and state system levels.  Dr. Krotseng is committed to fostering a diverse and welcoming campus environment that emphasizes student success. She also firmly believes that the future of a college and its communities are intertwined.  A vibrant college contributes to a strong community; in turn, a vibrant community contributes to a strong campus.  She demonstrates this commitment through her work with the leadership of Mercer County, West Virginia, and participation in a number of civic organizations.

Prior to assuming the presidency at Bluefield State, Dr. Krotseng served for five years as Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning and Executive Director of the College Technical Education Council for the North Dakota University System and its 11 institutions.  At Valdosta State University in Georgia, she led development of the University’s award-winning integrated strategic planning process.  She also has held higher education leadership positions with the state-level higher education boards in West Virginia (Director of Research and Information Systems from 1991-1998) as well as at universities in Ohio, Connecticut, and Mississippi.  Dr. Krotseng is a member of the Executive Council for the American Council on Education’s Women’s Network.  She is a past President of the National Association for Institutional Research and has served as a board member for a number of professional and civic organizations. She currently serves on the boards of the West Virginia Humanities Council and the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council.  Dr. Krotseng is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of William and Mary and also earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from that institution.

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