CHARLESTON, W.VA. (April 13, 2017) – Glenville State College is honoring West Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s (WVSO) Vice President of Education and Operations Betty King with its Alumni Achievement Award on April 22, 2017.
King, a 1985 graduate of Glenville State, is one of 11 people being recognized during the Glenville Alumni Association’s awards banquet.
This former English teacher and yearbook sales representative is celebrating 10 years with the West Virginia Symphony, where she served as education manager before being promoted to vice president of education and operations. Her duties include overseeing the WVSO’s flagship educational program, the Young People’s Concerts, as well as its award-winning Student Centered Arts Learning Environments (SCALE) program.
“It is so wonderful to see that Glenville State is choosing to honor Betty King,” said WVSO President Joe Tackett. “I have never met a more tireless supporter for the arts in general and the education programs of the West Virginia Symphony specifically. Glenville State must be a magical place to turn out amazing leaders such as Betty King, whom I consider a role model and friend.”
King is an accomplished flutist who is active with the Charleston Light Opera Guild. Her lifelong love of playing for musical theater productions began while working on the Glenville State College productions of “The Music Man” and “Hello, Dolly!” Since then, she has played in more than 60 musicals as a volunteer with Charleston-based theater groups.
She and her husband, Kirk, who is federal programs and curriculum director for Lincoln County Schools, have one son, Billy, who lives in San Francisco.
Other guests of honor include: Alumnus of the Year, Dr. Jack Albert, Jr. ‘70; National Coach of the Year, Dave Walker ’88; Community Service Award Honoree, John Westfall ‘72; Alumni Chapter Award Recipient, Dr. H. Gary Gillespie ’59; Outstanding Alumna Teacher Award Recipient, Kristee Allen ‘96; Outstanding Alumnus Teacher Award Recipient, John Brown ’11; Outstanding Young Alumna, Katie (Murray) Ogle ‘08; Outstanding Young Alumnus, Justin Griffith ’06; Retiring Associate Professor of English, Wayne de Rosset; and Retiring GSC President, Dr. Peter Barr.
The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting classical, pops, and chamber-music concerts annually throughout the Mountain State. Currently in its 78th season, the WVSO is a proud member of the community and enriches the region by providing affordable, high-quality concerts, collaborations with West Virginia arts organizations and a nationally award-winning education program.