Jennifer E. Orlikoff became the 22nd campus president of Potomac State College of West Virginia University in July 2016.She comes to the Keyser campus from Morgantown where she had been the director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Joining WVU in 2008, Dr. Orlikoff has served as a faculty member in the department of World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, a visiting faculty member at the Royal University for Women in Bahrain, chair of the WVU faculty senate, and an Academic Leadership Fellow.
President Orlikoff is actively engaged in helping students achieve global competencies and perspectives and has led numerous study abroad programs to several regions in France and Quebec Province in Canada. She continues to advocate for study abroad experiences for students and the globalization of the campus. Dr. Orlikoff is a strong proponent of diversity and inclusivity for the college.
Earning her Bachelor of Arts in French and Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Orlikoff went on to earn her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in French Literature from Rutgers University. Prior to arriving at WVU, she taught French at Rutgers University, the University of Memphis, and at the middle- and high school-levels in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in New Jersey. While there, the district was awarded the New Jersey Model School status for World Languages.
Orlikoff also has eleven years of experience in business, working for Assist America, Inc., an international emergency medical travel assistance company. As an executive at the Princeton, NJ-based company, her roles included vice president of International Services and Chief Communications Officer.