CEHS Hall of Fame: 2004 Inductees
Alfred N. Renzella
Alfred Renzella received his bachelor’s degree in 1964 in social studies from West Liberty State College and his master’s degree in special education in 1968 from West Virginia University in the College of Education and Human Services (formerly the College of Human Resources and Education). He also holds graduate degrees in gifted education and one in school psychology from Marshall University.
Renzella is director of special education and attendance for Marshall County Schools, a post he’s held since 1984. Before that, he was principal of J. T. King Special Education Elementary School in Moundsville, where an innovative behavior management program he developed is still in use today.
He is known for his commitment to the cause, offering extensive training and other
resources to school faculty and staff who deal daily with special-needs children.
Partnership programs he established with Bethany College, Wheeling Jesuit University, and West Liberty State College give education majors their frontline experience.
Governor Gaston Caperton
Former West Virginia Governor Gaston Caperton received his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of North Carolina. After graduation, he worked at a small, family-owned insurance company and became president of McDonough Caperton Insurance Group in 1976. He was elected to his first term as governor in 1989 and was reelected in 1992. In 1999 Caperton was appointed as the eighth president of the College Board.
His leadership, public service, and work on behalf of education have been recognized
with numerous state and national awards, including 10 honorary doctoral degrees.
In 2007, he received the prestigious James Bryant Conant Award from the Education Commission of the States in recognition of his significant contributions to the quality of education in the United States.
Gloria Salucci Cunningham
Mrs. Gloria Salucci is a lifelong resident of Morgantown. She attended local schools, received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University and pursued advanced graduate studies. She was associated with the university for 27 years, 12 years with University High School and 15 years at WVU.
She was one of the founders of the College of Education and Human Services (formerly the College of Human Resources and Education) Alumni Association and in 2001 received the Special Dean’s Award from the college for exceptional service. In May 2004, she was one of the first five inductees into the College’s Hall of Fame. She was elected into membership in Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Delta Kappa material education honoraries, and to Delta Kappa Gamma, international teachers’ honorary and served two terms as president of the local chapter. She is a life member of both the Monongalia County and the West Virginia Education Associations.
She is a life member of the WVU Alumni Association, a member of the WVU Emeritus
Club, and served as its president in 1997. In 2000, she was the recipient of the
David W. Jacobs Award given by the alumni association in recognition of her support
and services to the association. In May 2009, she was inducted into the Order of
Vandalia at WVU, the highest recognition given for services to the university and
to the state. She and her late husband, Gail W. Cunningham, were charter members
of the Irvin Stewart Society, establishing a scholarship in Mrs. Cunningham’s name
in the College of Human Resources and Education. She was also one of the founders
of the Committee for the Preservation of Italian-American History and Culture and
has served as its chairman since its inception in 1993. She was also a charter
member of the National Admission and Recruiting Network to recruit students and
to facilitate their entrance to WVU.
In the area of public school education, she has dedicated much of her time serving on various councils at both the county and state levels particularly devoted to vocational education. She was also active in community volunteerism by serving on a number of organizations devoted to charitable projects and to both teenage and adult education.
Jeanne Marcum Gerlach
Jeanne Gerlach received her bachelor’s degree from West Virginia State College. She was awarded her master’s degree in 1979 and her first doctoral degree in 1985 in Curriculum & Instruction/English Education from the College of Education and Human Services (formerly the College of Human Resources and Education) at West Virginia University and her second doctorate in 1992 in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Texas
Dr. Gerlach brings a Texas-sized commitment to education to her job as Dean and Professor of education at the University of Texas at Arlington College of Education and Health Professions, a college she helped grow from what was a Center for Professional Teacher Education. She also serves as the Associate Vice President for K-16 education at UTA.
Dr. Gerlach has also been recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English as an Outstanding Woman in English Education and holds an Outstanding Alumni Award/Higher Education from the University of North Texas. She was a fellow at Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Advanced Management and Leadership Institute, and has taught in England, New Zealand, France, Germany, Thailand and Australia.
Edward C. Keller
Edward Keller received his bachelor’s degree in 1976 in secondary education and
a master’s degree in 1985 in curriculum and instruction from West Virginia University.
Keller’s work is known in Monongalia County’s public school system and beyond.
He has developed three science kits available nationwide for teachers today and received funding for 16 years to create materials and instructional strategies for Marine Science programs for students with disabilities.
Science is his expertise; he taught the subject for 26 years to Monongalia County’s elementary, middle, and high school students, and that run was marked with lots of acclaim from his peers in the profession.
Keller earned the National Science Foundation Teachers Association Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching in 1986 and took home the first Milken Family Distinguished Educator Award in 1990. He was honored in 1991 with the West Virginia Education Fund’s Outstanding Elementary Educator Merit Award and the West Virginia College of Human Resources and Education Alumni Association’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in Classroom Instruction.
A. Lynne Williams
Lynn Williams received her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology in 1978 and her master’s degree in 1980 from WVU’s College of Human Resources and Education (now the College of Education and Human Services). She was awarded a doctorate in speech and hearing sciences in 1988 from Indiana University.
“You should hear what you’re learning.”
The above statement has long been Dr. Williams’ clinical philosophy, and the researcher has been widely recognized in her field of phonological treatment, which sets out to correct hearing flaws that cause children to incorrectly process the language sounds they learn as infants and toddlers. Dr. Williams founded the Speech-Language Pathology Program at Appalachian Regional Hospital in Beckley, and her research over the years has been supported by three separate grants from the National Institutes of Health.
In 1983 she was recognized nationally for the work that went into establishing the hospital program: she was presented the American Speech and Hearing Foundation Award for Outstanding Clinical Achievements in Human Communication Science and Disorders.