Message from the Provost

Winter brought both blizzards and bowties to the WVU campus. Thank heavens only the bowties are here to stay, as we welcome President E. Gordon Gee back to West Virginia University and what is already shaping up to be an energizing, exciting time on campus and across the state.

President Gee has made it his mission to visit all 55 counties across the state in his first year in office, with the goal of celebrating and upholding our Land-grant mission in communities from Wheeling to Welch. He is absolutely tireless in his travels, and deeply committed to reminding the people of West Virginia that West Virginia University really is their university.

President Gee is joined in this mission by our new Associate Provost for Community and Engagement and Outreach, Dr. Gypsy Denzine. Dr. Denzine is so committed to Goal 5 of our Strategic PlanEnhance the well-being and the quality of life of the people of West Virginia—that she’s had the phrase printed on her business cards!

As she listens and talks to community leaders, business leaders, members of state government, educators, and health care providers, Dr. Denzine is alert to opportunities to expand and leverage our engagement in the state. She is also committed to letting the people of West Virginia know how much WVU already has to offer them: expertise that can benefit industry, 4-H and other programs for youth development, medical and dental care, agricultural and other partnerships and consultancies—and of course an exceptional, high quality education at an affordable cost.

As prospective students and their families visit campus this Spring, they will have the opportunity to interact with our world-class faculty. We are proud to employ award-winning researchers, including our three 2014 Benedum Scholars, whose research interests range from law to psychology, and two professors recently nominated for West Virginia Professor of the Year. Our faculty members are also committed to service, and they are passionate teachers of both undergraduate and graduate students.

West Virginia University also boasts caring staff members, outstanding academic advisors, affordable tuition, extensive financial aid, and a wide range of career-focused offerings, from professional certificates to on-campus job fairs. The bottom line is that what WVU offers to all students—incoming first-year students, international students, transfer students, graduate students, and adult learners—is unparalleled value.

With that in mind, I wish you all the very best in the coming months. If you see President Gee on campus, welcome him back, shake his hand, compliment him on his bowtie. And please join us both in looking forward to great things from WVU in 2014!

- Michele G. Wheatly, PhD
Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs