George West served as president of Delaware Valley College for only three years, but his impact on the College was built over more than four decades.
West came to DelVal in 1969 as assistant professor of business administration and chaired the business department from 1972 to 1984. He became founding chair of the agribusiness department in 1983, and from 1987 to 1990 was the dean of business. West is credited with establishing the College’s MBA and market research programs. He also incorporated specializations in accounting and management information systems into the curriculum, as well as developing and implementing bachelor’s degree programs in agribusiness and computer information systems.
As Delaware Valley College’s ninth president, West helped create a turnaround in the College’s finances and enrollment. He refinanced the College’s debt, and put the institution on a sounder financial footing. During his tenure, full-time student enrollment increased 35 percent, with an accompanying increase of 20 points in the average SAT score.
West has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Villanova University, a master’s in economic theory from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Temple University. In 2001, he received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Peirce College.
Aside from his long service at Delaware Valley College, West was also interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Philadelphia University, acting president at Peirce College and a graduate programs administrator at LaSalle University. He was also an adjunct faculty member at Bucks County Community College and Spring Garden College.
Among his many honors, West received Delaware Valley College’s Student Government Board Service Award in 2000 for “outstanding and unending service and contributions to the student body.”
He is a member for the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society in Business Administration, has received an Outstanding Effort Award from the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, and was named an honorary alumnus by the Delaware Valley College Alumni Association.
West has been affiliated with the Alliance for Education of Bucks County, the American Arbitration Association, and the American Association of University Professors. He also served as a state mediator with the New Jersey Public Employees Relations Commission.
After his short stint as president, West returned to teaching, as a professor of business. He retired after 41 years of service to the College in 2010, receiving the title of professor emeritus of business administration. In 2011, DelVal bestowed an honorary doctorate on the distinguished teacher and administrator.
West and his wife, Barbara, were residents of Doylestown Township for 42 years. The couple now resides in Bedminster, Pa.