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Assistant Vice President, Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative
Greg Corio is the Assistant Vice President for the Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative
at West Virginia University and a social entrepreneur. He leads a department that
works on special initiatives to promote outdoor economic and recreational development
and STEM education. This includes a major economic development initiative to bring
remote workers to West Virginia while highlighting the state’s unique outdoor recreation
assets and working with the state and communities to leverage outdoor recreational
Corio is the liaison between WVU and the Summit Bechtel Reserve, one of the largest outdoor camps in the world that is located in Southern West Virginia. Through this collaborative work, he initiated two new undergraduate degree programs at WVU in Non-profit Organizational Leadership and Adventure Recreation Management. He also oversaw the development of the Science Adventure School, an outdoor orientation program for middle school students in West Virginia that is held annually at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.
Prior to joining the Provost’s Office, Corio worked in Student Life at WVU since 2004 when he founded Adventure WV, an outdoor orientation program for incoming freshmen. Under his leadership, the program grew to become the nation’s largest outdoor orientation program. During this time, Corio also oversaw the development of the WVU Outdoor Education Center. He then served as the Assistant Dean for Campus Recreation and Outdoor Education from 2014 to 2019.
As a student in the Adventure Sports Management program at Garrett College in Maryland, Corio invented an artificial ice-climbing wall. He sold the product to the international climbing wall manufacturer, Entre Prises. Corio completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources at WVU. In his “downtime,” he enjoys backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing and paddling with his family.