WHEELING — The Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council is seeking a new executive director, while singing the praises of its outgoing director Ginny Favede.

Wheeling University announced Oct. 7 Favede would become its 13th president, and she has resigned as both executive director of the Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council and co-chair of Project BEST.

Favede led both organizations from February 2017 until Oct. 21.

“She brought the place (Project BEST) out of the stone age,” said Bengy Swanson, co-chair of Project BEST alongside Favede. “It was gloom and doom before she got here.

“She will be sorely missed. She is irreplaceable, and we thank her for time here.”

Swanson credited Favede with modernizing Project BEST during her tenure. She oversaw the development of a new website for the group, and improved media relations, he said.

The Project BEST offices were updated, and its publications and apprenticeship booklet were given a new look, he said.

Also under Favede, Project BEST and the OVCEC expanded career fair. She also organized luncheons each month in different counties to discuss union construction related issues with business groups and school boards, trade unions and contractors, Swanson said.

“Project BEST looks forward to working with her at Wheeling University,” Swanson said. “We wish her the best.”

OVCEC President Robert Gribben of Grae-Con Construction said Favede not only upgraded the organization’s technology, but also used her marketing skills as executive director.

“She basically came in and redid what was needed to bring us into a new era,” Gribben said. “We’re sorry to see her go, but we know she is moving up. We wish her all the luck.

“She has definitely been an asset.”

Gribben said the OVCEC has accepted about a dozen resumes from those wishing to be the next executive director, with interviews expected to start next week.

“We would like to have someone local,” he said. “The more familiarity they have with the local area, the more it is to their advantage and our advantage. They won’t have to learn the area as they learn the job.”

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