The mothers, the millennials, and the mavens. Changing our communities.
This is our seventh annual unveiling of 50 amazing women who are raising the bar in their communities, serving as beacons of light in their industries, and forcing change for the greater good. Meet this West Virginia Wonder Woman, Doolarie Singh-Knights, and many more that are creating a better West Virginia with their can-do attitudes and Mountain State spirit.
Chosen to Give Back
Doolarie Singh-Knights is not native to West Virginia, yet she embodies West Virginia pride. In 1998, she made the Mountain State home and, after earning her Ph.D., traveled back to Trinidad and Tobago to give back to the place where she was born.
It wasn’t long before she returned to West Virginia University, in 2010, accepting a position as a professor of resource economics and management and as an extension specialist in agriculture and natural resources.
Singh-Knights committed herself to rural development and agriculture. “I’ve had a lot of support and wonderful mentors who are responsible for me being here today. The people who thought I could make a valid contribution to the state, who invested in me, they deserve a wonderful shout out.” Although she attributes much of her success to teamwork, she continually invests in her community. “I’ve always felt I have been chosen as a person, in my career, to give back to West Virginia. It’s a wonderful place to live. We should recognize and appreciate this Appalachian heritage.”