A Message to the WVU Family

As I stated upon my return to West Virginia University, the 1.8 million residents of the Mountain State must believe in their hearts and minds that West Virginia University is their University.

To begin that dialogue, I just completed visits to all 55 counties of West Virginia.

The message I brought to each community is that West Virginians are important to the vitality of our institution. And in turn, our institution—a research, land-grant university—is important to the vitality of West Virginians.

Therefore, it is incredibly important for us to weave a common gold-and-blue thread from Weirton to Welch and all points between.

By connecting with our neighbors in the corner coffee shops, the public schools, the fairs and festivals, and the small-town Chambers of Commerce, we can make the connections between the University and West Virginians a reality.

To our alumni and friends, thank you for meeting me in your communities this summer. Follow me here—55 County Tour of West Virginia—to see where my travels took me.

Together we can continue to take West Virginia University—and West Virginia—to even greater heights.