Building better leaders
Students can now enhance their leadership capacity at work and in their daily life
with the new graduate certificate in leadership. The first of its kind in the state
of West Virginia, the program offers working professionals innovative, research-driven
courses with practical applications.
Read more in Eberly Magazine.
Jennifer Knight Davis
Hometown: Morgantown, WV | Occupation: Trauma surgeon
Jennifer Knight Davis is the director of the Jon Michael Moore Trauma Center at WVU,
an American College of Surgeons level one center.
In this role, she oversees the multidisciplinary care of about 4,000 injured patients.
As a leader, her goal is to maintain excellent care for all West Virginians. Knight
Davis says the graduate certificate has helped her become a more aware and capable
“As a leader, my goal is to maintain excellent care for all injured West Virginians.
Leadership skills are essential to the job I do every day. As physicians, we are
taught how to care for people but not necessarily taught the skills needed to be
leaders. This program has provided me with valuable knowledge that has had an immediate
and direct effect on how I function each day.”
Hometown: Morgantown, WV | Occupation: Captioning and interpreting coordinator
for accessibility services
For Jason Kapcala, a perk of the graduate certificate in leadership is its flexibility
and nimble curriculum, making it ideal for professionals working full time.
“This graduate certificate is great for working professionals who cannot afford to
take two to three years away from their current jobs to go back to school but who
still want to expand their leadership knowledge and training.”
He has also benefitted from learning from fellow students who represent a wide variety
of professions, including business, government, healthcare, law enforcement and
“Studying alongside my classmates, many of whom hold leadership positions in a variety
of interesting fields, has given me a lot to think about.”