West Virginia University Truman Scholar Franchesca Nestor, of Grafton, will help foster community service at colleges and universities throughout the state as director of West Virginia Campus Compact, a coalition based at WVU that promotes civic engagement and service learning in higher education.

W.Va. Campus Compact is made up of 17 colleges and universities and helps administrators, faculty members, and students build partnerships and improve the civic, social, and economic well-being of West Virginia communities.

As director, Nestor will provide leadership and assistance to member institutions across the state for the purpose of furthering teaching and learning that prepares students for lives of civic engagement and service to society.

The sixteenth WVU student to be named a Truman Scholar in 2004, Nestor received a Harry S. Truman Scholarship of $26,000$2,000 during her senior year of college and $24,000 for graduate study. She was one of 77 students selected for the honor among more than 600 candidates nominated by 300 colleges and universities.

She has a masters degree in public policy from the University of Chicago and a bachelors degree in political science from WVU . Nestor previously worked as a service-learning coordinator at the WVU Center for Civic Engagement.

Franchesca brings an exceptional blend of credentials and experiences,said WVU Chief of Staff Jay Cole.Her leadership and enthusiasm are essential to our efforts to become a more engaged University and to fulfill our mission as a 21st century land-grant institution.”

With WVU being a Campus Compact member institution, Nestor will report to Chief of Staff Jay Cole to reflect the importance Interim President C. Peter Magrath and President-designate James Clements both place on the Universitys full participation in Campus Compact, Cole said.

W.Va. Campus Compact is housed within the WVU Center for Civic Engagement on the downtown campus and the center is one of the state entities that will work closely with the coalition.

“Franchescas dedication to engagement initiatives, coupled with her enthusiasm to work with the higher-education institutions in the state, make her an excellent person to meet the challenges of Campus Compact,said Kimberly G. Colebank, director of the Center for Civic Engagement,We are pleased to support her coordination efforts of the state’s campuses, as well as make civic engagement a more prominent part of the missions of the institutions of higher education in West Virginia.