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CEHS Hall of Fame: 2005 Inductees

Beverly Bieniek
Distinguished Alumni

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Beverly Bieniek has been a special education teacher and consultant in both the Pennsylvania and West Virginia public schools. Currently, she is director of special education and pupil personnel services for the Laurel Highlands School District in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.


Donald R. Cotten

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Dr. Donald R. Cotten received his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Science Education from West Virginia University, a MS in Science Education from The University of Southern Mississippi, and his BS in the Biological Sciences from The University of Southern Mississippi. He has held a number of faculty and administrative positions: High School Science Teacher, Instructor of Biological Sciences in a Community College, Department Chair in a Community College, University Professor of Science Education, Director of Research and Sponsored Programs, Director of The Center for Science and Mathematics, Executive Director for a business education advocacy organization, Associate Vice President for Research, Graduate Dean, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Transfer, Vice Provost for Research, and Vice President for Research. These academic responsibilities have been in the following states: Mississippi, Arkansas, and Texas.

Cotten has extensive experience in strategically working with state, federal and private sector partners in building competitive university education/research programs. He has worked closely with state and local policy makers as well as aggressively working closely with federal, state and private sector partners throughout his career. In addition, he has served on the board of directors for private foundations, worked closely with federal laboratories, and engaged public policy makers to implement policies that ensure strong public/private partnerships with education. Dr. Cotten has been engaged in building coalitions among federal and state programs with universities to ensure the basic research and education infrastructure of these entities are strengthened. These efforts range from serving on the board of Oak Ridge Affiliated Universities to being a part of the efforts to ensure competitive funding for the institutions where he served in a leadership role.

In his field of Science Education, he has been the recipient of millions of dollars in extramural funding from agencies such as National Science Foundation, NASA, Department of Defense, U. S. Department of Education, USDA, and a number of private entities. In addition, he has widely published in the field of Science Education and authored a number of technical reports and guides. His personal education/research interests include: Curriculum Development, Formative and Summative Evaluation.


Barbara Judy

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Barbara Judy was an Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator for the state of West Virginia and serves as the chair of the board and president of the National Association of ADA Coordinators. She was a driving force in the widely acclaimed Job Accommodation Network (JAN) for over 20 years.

She has also been elected to the National Hall of Fame for Persons with Disabilities.


William G. Monahan

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William Monahan received his bachelor’s degree in geography from Western Kentucky University in 1951, his master’s degree in geography and history from Vanderbilt University in 1955, and an Ed.D. in educational administration from Michigan State University in 1960. 


Dr. Monahan began his professional career as a high school teacher and athletic coach in Marion, Kentucky. He went on to fulfill a long academic career, teaching at the University of Oklahoma and Michigan State University before joining the University of Iowa faculty where he also served as director of the Iowa Center for Research in School Administration. He advanced to become dean of the College of Human Resources and Education at West Virginia University, where after a decade of service, he retired as emeritus professor of higher education.

Dr. Monahan authored five books and more than 70 scholarly articles in nationally refereed journals, as well as a number of published monographs and essays. He was cited by the American Educational Research Association in 1975 for his research utilizing factor analysis. He served as president of the National Association of Land Grant and State University Deans of Education. He was a two-term member of the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and he chaired AACTE’s Extended Program Task Force, which led to five-year teacher education programs at WVU and elsewhere.


Beth E. Musser

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Beth Musser received her bachelor’s degree from Lycoming College in 1966, her master’s degree from West Virginia University in 1969, and her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981.

Dr. Musser has been a leader in literacy education and, as the dean of the West Liberty State College School of Education, was instrumental in establishing the West Liberty State College/Ohio County Professional Development School partnership. She served as the dean for the school of education at West Liberty State College for nine years. During her time there, she served as chair for the Department of Professional Education from 1999 – 2000 and director of Student Teaching from 1987 – 2007. Dr. Musser retired in 2009.


Kathleen Hawk Sawyer

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Kathleen Sawyer received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wheeling Jesuit College and her master’s degree in 1973 and her doctoral degree in Counseling and Rehabilitation in 1978 from West Virginia University.

Dr. Sawyer was the first woman to be named director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She held the position for 11 years before retiring in 2003.