Dr. Jennifer Orlikoff has worn many hats. She was the director for Women’s and Gender Studies, a chairman for several committees and a leader of student trips to France at West Virginia University. Now she has a new title as the interim president of Potomac State College.
“I am loving PSC! The people are so warm and welcoming,” said Orlikoff of her new position and home in Keyser. Orlikoff has lived in West Virginia since 2008 and says she is a West Virginian by choice.
Other than West Virginia, the new president has lived in many interesting places. She was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, and has since lived in Boston, New Jersey, New York City and Memphis.
Orlikoff is a well-traveled individual. “I have a deep love for travel and hope to bring part of that passion to PSC,” said Orlikoff.
She also spoke about working on bringing study abroad opportunities to the students of PSC and offering PSC’s Honor Program students the chance to join West Virginia University’s Honors School on a trip to the Royal University in Bahrain.
Overall, Orlikoff said she is very impressed with the willingness of the staff and faculty to get involved and work toward the happiness, health and success of the students. She wants to find the market needs to be able to bring new and useful programs to the students.
With a background in women and gender studies, Orlikoff finds it interesting that she is not the first woman president at PSC. She is preceded by two other females.
“Women and gender studies is such a fascinating field because it really trains you to be accepting of all people,” said Orlikoff.
If the new president doesn’t already sound interesting, here is a fun fact that will change your mind: she won a silver medal in a skiing contest while she was in Switzerland.