Join business, community, education and legislative leaders for an innovative discussion on public education – strengthening the pipeline to future jobs in West Virginia.


Event Details:
Monday, June 18, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
WVU Erickson Alumni Center
1 Alumni Drive, Morgantown, WV 26504


Featured Speakers

Pat Getty
President, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

Bob Huggins
Coach, West Virginia University Men's Basketball

A proven success as a program builder, recruiter and game strategist who has won 819 games as a collegiate head coach, Bob Huggins has directed his alma mater to 229 victories, the 2010 NCAA Final Four, the 2010 Big East Championship and nine postseason appearances, including eight NCAA Tournaments (four NCAA Sweet 16s), during his 10 seasons in Morgantown.

Huggins, 1977 graduate of West Virginia University, was introduced as WVU’s 21st men’s basketball coach on Good Friday, April 6, 2007.

Huggins has compiled a 819–330 (.713) record in 35 seasons as a head coach, which includes stints at Walsh College (1980-83), Akron (1984-1989), Cincinnati (1989-2005),  Kansas State (2006-07) and West Virginia (2007-present). He ranks third in total victories among active Division I head coaches and has the eighth-most wins in college basketball history among Division I head coaches.

Huggins’ teams have participated in postseason play in 31 of his 35 seasons, including 23 NCAA Tournaments. His squads have won 20 or more games in all but seven of his 35 campaigns, including 30 or more three times, and he has averaged 23.7 victories a season.

In November 2012, Huggins signed an amended employment agreement, extending his employment to the year 2023.

Last season, Huggins became the 10th coach in NCAA Division I history to win 800 games when the Mountaineers defeated UMKC on Dec. 17.

Katlin Thorsell
2018 West Virginia Teacher of the Year

Katlin Thorsell is an agriculture teacher at Washington High School in Charles Town, West Virginia and the 2018 West Virginia Teacher of the Year. While her main interest is in animal science, she teaches courses in Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Companion Animal Care, Greenhouse Production and Horticulture. She also serves as a FFA advisor and helps her students develop their leadership potential and grow as individuals. She received her Masters of Science from West Virginia University in Agriculture with an emphasis on Agriculture and Extension Education. Through her classroom experiences, she has developed an interest in special education and autism and has received additional teaching endorsements in those areas. Thorsell has served on her school’s Local School Improvement Council and Guidance Advisory Council and was elected as president of the Faculty Senate. She was the 2015 Teacher Turn the Key representative for West Virginia at the National Association of Agriculture Educators Convention and she currently holds the office of reporter for the West Virginia Association of Agriculture Educators. She serves her community as a volunteer firefighter and EMT as well as a member of the Jefferson County Fair Board of Directors. She credits a love for the agriculture industry and the insistence of her own high school FFA advisor for her career choice in education. Thorsell hopes that every day she creates a warm and welcoming environment in her classroom and that when her students leave the halls of Washington High School behind, they will always remember that they have someone who truly believes in them.