Last night D and I were asked to join the President of Presbyterian College and a few donors to the college for dinner. The dinner was showcasing the sustainability initiative that D and a colleague of his have taken on this semester as well as the Green Auto Show on the PC campus next Friday.
As we sat down to a dinner highlighting local farms we were joined by a couple from Atlanta. As it turned out they were both PC alums and their daughter was a former outstanding senior in the Biology department at PC. D remembered her fondly and was excited to meet her parents. After some discussion of their travels and their daughters career path, the topic turned to our move to WV. Since I am still unemployed for the next school year we discussed my difficulty in getting my foot in the door of the WV schools. As luck (or something else) would have it, it turns out that our dinner partners are very well connected.
Very well connected may just be an understatement...Mr. B is currently the president of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), has several good friends that sit on the WV Board of Education, and is a close friend of Gov. Joe Manchin (WV). Needless to say, as D and I walked to dinner last night we were hoping to enjoy good food and good company. We could never have imagined the twist of fate that would be presented to us. As the evening drew to a close I was set up with, what I hope will be, a great step towards a job in WV.