A 1964 West Virginia University graduate and current president of West Virginia Wesleyan College recently was chosen as chair of West Virginias Campus Compact. William R. Haden, who has been president of West Virginia Wesleyan since February of 1995, was elected Sept. 14 to lead the Campus Compact for the coming year.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of college and university presidents committed to the civic purpose of higher education. It was founded in 1985 by the presidents of Brown, Georgetown and Stanford universities, but now has 650 college and university members, 21 state affiliates and seven states currently developing state compacts. West Virginia was among the first to develop a state compact.

WVU President David C. Hardesty, Jr. led the states Campus Compact for the past two years. Besides Haden and Hardesty, current members of the state compact are the following college and university presidents: Jerry Beasley, Concord College; G. Thomas Mann, Davis&Elkins College; Dan Angel, Marshall University; Father George Lundy, Wheeling Jesuit University.

President Haden was one of 51 college and university presidents who attended a Presidents Leadership Colloquium in Aspen, Colo. in June of 1999 and signed the Presidents Declaration of the Civic Responsibility of Higher Education. He is actively involved in several national efforts to improve higher education, including one initiative to improve science and mathematics education and another initiative to promote student volunteerism.

In addition to earning his bachelors degree from WVU in 1964 in political science, President Haden received his masters degree in government from George Washington University in 1965. Following graduate school and serving in the Army, he returned to West Virginia and worked in development, alumni relations and public affairs at WVU .

President Haden is married to Elizabeth Flanagan and has two children: Laura Haden, an attorney in Wheeling, and Douglas Haden, a fourth-year medical student at WVU .