Interim Director

Dr. Brenda S. Haas

Kenneth R. Cornwell, M.A., is the current Interim Executive Director of the Ohio Appalachia Center for Higher Education.  Mr. Cornwell is a lifelong resident of Appalachia and is committed to advancing educational opportunities.  He attended Fairmont State College, Fairmont, West Virginia and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from The George Washington University, Washington, DC. He holds a M.A. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California.  He has been involved with OACHE since 1993 when he became the Director of the Ohio Appalachia Educational Opportunity Center, a Federal USDE TRiO Program. In addition, Mr. Cornwell served as a Presenter for the Aspire Training Institute, a program offering approved training for Trio Programs. He is a past member of the St. Mary School Board of Education and the Washington County Alcohol, Developmental Disabilities, and Mental Health Recovery Board.  Over the course of the past 20 years, he has served as Adjunct Faculty teaching Sociology at Washington State Community College and Zane State College.
His colleagues and students are well aware of his believe and experience that “education is the best investment a person, a community, or a society can make.” He is noted for inspiring others “to invest in themselves and to experience the reality of the benefits of education.”