Glenville State Business Professor Receives Doctorate
Wed Sep 30, 2020
Dr. Kandas Queen recently obtained her Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Marshall University (GSC Photo/Kristen Cosner)

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Glenville, WV – Glenville State College (GSC) Department of Business professor, Dr. Kandas Queen, recently obtained her Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Marshall University.

Queen’s dissertation, “A Case Study on the West Virginia Remote Online Collaborative Knowledge System (WVROCKS),” focused on the collaboration between participating higher education institutions to offer students the flexibility to take online WVROCKS courses to help them complete a Regents Bachelor of Arts or Board of Governors Associate in Applied Science degree.

WVROCKS was developed by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, with assistance from the West Virginia Network for Educational Telecomputing (WVNET). A majority of courses in the program are offered fully online, leaving only a limited amount of both face-to-face and asynchronous activities. The program focuses on providing adult learners with a more accessible option to further their education in West Virginia.

A GSC alumna herself, Queen has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience in business and retail to the GSC Department of Business over the years. “I began my journey in higher education at Glenville State College. Upon graduating with my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, I went to work in management for GoMart and The Kroger Company,” said Queen.

Queen worked in retail for over 25 years, with 20 of those in management. While working in the business world, she completed her Masters of Business Administration from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Later, as her focus began to shift toward the realm of education, she returned to school and completed her Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.

During her years in business, Queen was recognized as a “Top Woman in Grocery” with an industry award. She was also awarded numerous sales and shrink awards, broke record sales, and was recognized for achieving operational standards with the “Rock Solid” award during her time with The Kroger Company.

“As proud as I am of my business successes, I have found that I am most rewarded when a previous student reaches out and tells me how much they appreciated my class and how it helped them,” said Queen. “Teaching others and sharing my years of experience in business with tomorrow's business leaders is very satisfying, and I enjoy helping students achieve their future goals.”

Queen also serves as the Director of the Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) Program at GSC.

“Glenville State College is home. This is not only where I graduated, but where I grew up. My hometown is in Sand Fork in Gilmer County, and GSC has always been part of the community I grew up in. I am honored by the chance to give back to the place that gave me my start in achieving my goals,” said Queen.