Since joining Waynesburg University, Dr. Core has led efforts to expand the mentoring program to provide weekly, one-on-one support for additional at risk students, and, at the faculty’s request, she has lowered the class sizes in writing-intensive classes such as Freshman Composition and News Writing and Reporting.
Previously, Dr. Core served as the Senior Deputy General Counsel for Health Sciences and a member of the Senior Management Team at the West Virginia University Health Science Center. There, she assisted with accreditation, federal and state compliance, strategic and institutional planning and reorganization. She remains an Assistant Professor in the Medical Education Department at West Virginia University. She has extensive teaching experience at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels in geography and at the WVU Health Sciences Center, including classroom teaching, teaching legal and compliance issues and continuing legal and medical education. Her legal duties included assisting with student and faculty issues, compliance and contracts and providing advice for 52 separately accredited ACGME residency and fellowship programs, four accredited health schools and a public health school currently in the accreditation process.
Prior to her time at West Virginia University, Dr. Core was a partner in a law firm where she had a national litigation practice, trying more than 30 cases to verdict including education, employment and medical negligence cases. There, she gained significant regulatory and employment counseling experience as well as comprehensive risk management and risk reduction experience.
Dr. Core earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from West Virginia University, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She also earned a Ph.D. in human geography and a Juris Doctorate from West Virginia University. While in law school, she received the prestigious Order of the Barristers Award and was Associate Chief Justice of the Appellate Moot Court Board.
Dr. Core is an Executive Board Member of the Mountaineer Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. With the Boy Scouts of America, she has completed Wood Badge Leadership Training and serves as her youngest son’s Webelos Den Leader in Pack 696. She is also an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 93, where her oldest son is a First Class Scout, and the Advisor of Venturing Crew 21, as well as the Advisor of Waynesburg University’s new Venturing Crew, Crew 1849. In addition, she has received the Celtic Cross Award, the highest scouting award in the Presbyterian Church.
Active in her community, Dr. Core has served on the boards of the Greater Uniontown Arts and Heritage Consortium, Arts Monongahela, Laurel Run of Big Sandy Watershed Association, the P. Pendleton Kennedy Chapter of Trout Unlimited. She is an elder at the Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Uniontown, Pa.