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AT&T Donates to Southern

For Immediate Release - Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College announced today that AT&T made a $10,000 contribution for scholarships as part of the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation's Vision 2020 Major Gifts Campaign.

“Community colleges are a key element of the higher education landscape in West Virginia, offering students another way to prepare for rewarding and in-demand careers,” said Andy Feeney, regional vice president for AT&T in West Virginia.  “Our contribution will help more lower-income West Virginia students prepare for success in a global economy.”

"This contribution provides vital support to our students," says First Lady and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College president Joanne Jaeger Tomblin. "Our economy is changing and tomorrow's workforce needs new skills. Thanks to AT&T more students are on their way to successful careers."


AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate, employee, social investment and AT&T Foundation giving programs.  This contribution is part of AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring.


The Southern Foundation was established in 1971 to support student scholarships and educational programs to those residing in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.

For more information about scholarships available at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, contact Vice President for Development Ronald E. Lemon at 304-896-7425 or e-mail at

Online donations can be made at the Southern Foundation's website at


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Southern provides accessible, affordable, quality education and training at each of its four campuses in Boone, Logan, Mingo and Wyoming counties and its Lincoln County High School location in Hamlin, WV. For further information visit or call 1-866-SWCTC1.


Pictured: WV First Lady/President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin; Regional Vice President for AT&T in West Virginia , Andy Feeney; and Vice President for Development Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Ron Lemon.




Women on Wellness Retreat

Women on Wellness will have an event on Saturday, July 19th from 8am until 5pm at the Larry Joe Harless Center in Gilbert, WV. There is a registration fee of $25 which includes materials and food. The Women on Wellness (WOW) program is an interactive and intensive one day retreat to help women enact positive lifestyle changes. A day for and about women, WOW provides a holistic, pro-health message of personal empowerment. Through a cognitive behavior process that seeks to help women balance mind, body, and soul, WOW provides the tools women need to examine their thoughts and beliefs, behaviors, consequences, and impact on others.

With a focus on prevention, the retreat serves to link each participant to local resources available as she starts on her journey to wellness. For more information visit the website at or phone (304)293-5690.

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is pleased to announce that the following students have been placed on the Dean's List for the Spring 2014 semester. This honor recognizes achievement of a scholastic average of 3.25 or higher in at least twelve semester hours of academic work. Congratulations on your outstanding academic achievement and best wishes for continued success.

Carrena K. Acord, Wharton, WV
Mary M. Addair, Avondale, WV
Trevor J. Addison, McGraws, WV
Kimberly J. Adkins,Chapmanville, WV
Billy J. Adkins, Chapmanville,WV
Jared S. Adkins, Omar, WV
Rhonda S. Adkins Harts, WV
Candice W. Adkins, Chapmanville, WV
Tanner N. Adkins, Stollings, WV
Emily D. Adkins, Crum, WV
Amy L. Adkins Costa, WV
Michelle K. Adkins, Jeffery, WV
Whitlea S. Alderman, Chapmanville, WV
Tiffany L. Aliff, Comfort, WV
Jason C. Allen, McGraws, WV
Heather D. Alley, Williamson, WV
Zachary S. Anderson, Logan, WV
Taylor P. Baer, Red Jacket, WV
Justin T. Bailey, Oceana, WV
James P. Bailey, Hanover, WV
Adrienne N. Baisden, Delbarton, WV
Katelynn A. Ball, Danville, WV
Shanley K. Ball, Danville, WV
Chris M. Ball, Williamson, WV
Loremli A. Batausa, Williamson, WV
Victoria B. Bates, Chapmanville, WV
Keith D. Bell, Chapmanville, WV
Christian Berkley, Kermit, WV
Lena Berry, West Hamlin, WV
Casie M. Bevins, Williamson, WV
Mary A. Bevins, Belfry, KY
Wendy F. Bias, Danville, WV
Donna J. Bishop, Mullens, WV
Katelyn H. Bishop, Itmann, WV
Joshua D. Blackburn, Lynco, WV
Caleb M. Blankenship, Delbarton, WV
Tommy G. Blankenship, Williamson, WV
Amber L. Blankenship, Pineville, WV
Tiffany R. Blankenship, Man, WV
Kayla B. Booth, Lorado, WV
Brittney N. Booth, Belfry, KY
Jordan T. Bourne, Lyburn, WV
David Boyd, Williamson, WV
Allyson N. Brewer, Logan, WV
William C. Brooks, Pineville, WV
Justin S. Brooks, Pineville, WV
Kassondra N. Brown, Davin, WV
Charles E. Brown, Logan, WV
Chrissy M. Brown, Hanover, WV
Alysa N. Browning, Logan, WV
Heather N. Browning, Davy, WV
Clint R. Browning, Harts, WV
Anthony W. Browning, Man, WV
Kelli Browning, Verdunville, WV
Megan L. Brumfield, Harts, WV
Brandy N. Brumfield, Peach Creek, WV
Laura B. Bumgarner, Danville, WV
David L. Burgess, Kistler, WV
Jeani K. Burgess, Griffithsville, WV
Elizabeth D. Burner, McGraws, WV
Alex T. Burrell, Mullens, WV
Zachary B. Butcher, Brenton, WV
Jennifer M. Butler, Julian, WV
Lisa M. Cain, Mallory, WV
Kristi A. Carey, Chapmanville, WV
James A. Casey, Verdunville, WV
Lauren A. Caston, South Williamson, KY
Erica L. Chambers, Accoville, WV
Gage D. Chambers, Danville, WV
Ashley J. Chapman, Seth, WV
Olivia D. Chapman, Kermit, WV
Derrick S. Charles, Pecks Mill, WV
Charity Chryssofos, Chapmanville, WV
Morgan L. Church, Man, WV
Douglas Clark, Gilbert, WV
Kristin R. Clay, McGraws, WV
Zachary L. Clemens, Chapmanville, WV
Shawna A. Cline, Gilbert, WV
Ashley N. Cline, Hanover, WV
Ashley D. Coburn, Chapmanville, WV
Crystal D. Cole, Stollings, WV
Wendy L. Collins, Williamson, WV
Jimie K. Compton, Freeburn, KY
Billy C. Conley, Holden, WV
Melissa G. Conley, Harts, WV
Morgan E. Conn, Omar, WV
Rachel L. Cook, Danville, WV
Corey S. Cook, Delbarton, WV
Jonathan M. Cook, Pineville, WV
Matthew J. Copley, Whitman, WV
Tyler L. Copley, Cyclone, WV
Lakin D. Crank, McCarr, KY
Cody A. Croaff, Edgarton, WV
Justin Crocker, Williamson, WV
Sidney D. Crum, Logan, WV
Kaitlyn J. Curry, Gilbert, WV
Jessica D. Curry, Omar, WV
Adam T. Curry, Chapmanville, WV
Patricia Dangerfield, Nellis, WV
Jordan N. Davis, Oceana, WV
Thomas E. Davis, Morrisvale, WV
Samantha Day, Welch, WV
Zachary D. Dean, Branchland, WV
Austin T. Dempsey, Delbarton, WV
Delaina S. Deskins, Wilsondale, WV
Cecil F. Diamond, Williamson, WV
Megan M. Dillon, Williamson, WV
Cody D. Dingess, Chapmanville, WV
Dakota L.. Dingess, Logan, WV
Austin R. Dixon, Forest Hills, KY
Christopher W. Dolin, Danville, WV
Christina N. Dolin, Hewett, WV
Mary S. Doss, Nellis, WV
Kaitlin S. Dunn, Chapmanville, WV
Jennifer P. Egan, Ottawa, WV
Brittany M. Elkins, Williamson, WV
Jackson T. Elkins, Verdunville, WV
Ricky D. Ellis, Justice, WV
Dakota J. Endicott, Gilbert, WV
Amber L. Evans, Lenore, WV
Michael D. Evans, Logan, WV
Misti D. Fahm, South Williamson, KY
Ashley J. Farley, Chattaroy, WV
Brandon N. Farley, Chapmanville, WV
Darrell Farris, Madison, WV
Lisa E. Ferguson, Dingess, WV
Mary B. Fields, Williamson, WV
Brittany D. Fitzpatrick, Lenore, WV
Jolena M. Fowler, Madison, WV
William F. Fowler III, Chapmanville, WV
Brandy Francis, Hatfield, KY
Sarah M. Francis, Glen Fork, WV
Katilyn N. Frazier, Mallory, WV
April M. Frazier, Hewett, WV
Jordan M. Fullam, McGraws, WV
Amber N. Ghee, Logan, WV
Charlie N. Gibbs, Hatfield, KY
Brittney E. Gillenwater, Julian, WV
Timothy R. Godbey, Danville, WV
Jessica S. Godbey, Danville, WV
Deborah D. Goode, Roderfield, WV
Samuel Z. Gore, Chapmanville, WV
Paula L. Gore, Bloomingrose, WV
Lori Gore, Chapmanville, WV
James C. Gosien, Chapmanville, WV
Amanda J. Graley, Ashford, WV
Jennifer N. Grimmett, Bruno, WV
Katelyn L. Grimmett, Henlawson, WV
Tyler S. Hager, Williamson, WV
Maggie A. Hager, Williamson, WV
Brittany R. Hager, Oceana, WV
Leslie N. Hagy, Williamson, WV
Katelyn B. Hale, Pecks Mill, WV
Kirsten M. Harless, Foster, WV
Erika K. Harris, Mallory, WV
Heather R. Hatfield, Oceana, WV
Carly D. Hatfield, Chapmanville, WV
Bethany D. Hatfield, Naugatuck, WV
Carla D. Hatfield, Mullens, WV
Cody J. Hayes, Gordon, WV
Kelly D. Heath, Fort Gay, WV
Anna M. Hensley, Chapmanville, WV
Ronica T. Hensley, Mount Gay, WV
Jason O. Hensley, Chapmanville, WV
Rachel R. Hicks, Pecks Mill, WV
Krista G. Hill, Danville, WV
James N. Hill, Whitman, WV
Gabrielle N. Hill, Harts, WV
Jackie E. Hodge, Crum, WV
Katherine Hoffman, Matewan, WV
Samuel Holder, Alum Creek, WV
Kristina Honaker, Williamson, WV
Jillian L. Horton, Madison, WV
Kari A. Howell, Accoville, WV
Michael D. Hughes, Van, WV
James J. Hunsucker, West Hamlin, WV
Blake A. Hunt, Delbarton, WV
Eric S. Hunter, Chapmanville, WV
Amanda L. Hunter, Chapmanville, WV
Kevin M. Hutchinson, Logan, WV
Jonathan C. Ingram, Forest Hills, KY
Diane Y. Isner, Hurricane, WV
Cody C. Jarrell, Accoville, WV
James T. Jarrell, Huddy, KY
Stephanie N. Jewell, Canada, KY
Kristen F. Johnson, Pineville, WV
Kasandra A. Johnson, Julian, WV
Elissa D. Johnson, Alkol, WV
Shelbi N. Johnson, Omar, WV
David B. Jones, Julian, WV
Megan B. Jude, Amherstdale, WV
Bryce W. Justice, Williamson, WV
Rita M. Justice, Hardy, KY
Jason M. Justice, Amherstdale, WV
Hunter B. Justus, Pineville, WV
Joseph S. Kelemen, Mitchell Heights, WV
Tia L. Kenneda, North Spring, WV
Marion A. Kennedy, Logan, WV
Taryn R. Keyser, Stollings, WV
Natasha N. Kimble, Comfort, WV
Ciera S. Kinder, Seth, WV
Brittani A. Kirk, Gilbert, WV
Taylor M. Kirk, Chapmanville, WV
Katie J. Kirk, Lyburn, WV
Kelsey M. Kirk, Lyburn, WV
Trent G. Kirk, Ashford, WV
Teresa A. Kirkendoll, Verdunville, WV
Erica R. Kitchen, Logan, WV
Olivia L. Kitchen, Logan, WV
Nathan H. Lamere, Belfry, KY
Matthew A. Lane, Shady Spring, WV
Carlie D. Laws, Nellis, WV
Morgan B. Leffel, Kermit, WV
Matthew D. Lenox, Chapmanville, WV
Dustin M. Lewis, Chapmanville, WV
Rikki L. Light ,Alum Creek, WV
Rhea N. Lipscomb, Wilkinson, WV
Nicholas A. Lively, Charleston, WV
Matthew E. Long, Seth, WV
Rebecca N. Lovejoy, Julian, WV
Ronnie O. Lowe, Inez, KY
Kanisha M. Lusk ,Herndon, WV
Leslee A. Lusk, Cyclone, WV
Katelyn P. Manns, Harts, WV
Kaitlyn S. Marcum, Dingess, WV
Julia A. Marcum, N. Matewan, WV
Tammy A. Marcum, Mullens, WV
Adam T. Mareske, West Logan, WV
Dara L. Martin, Chapmanville, WV
Andrew J. Martin, Pecks Mill, WV
Joshua T. May, Red Jacket, WV
Ashley B. May, Pineville, WV
Kayla N. Maynard, Dingess, WV
Derek J. Maynard, Chapmanville, WV
Hollie Maynard, Logan, WV
Kandice N. Maynard, Huntington, WV
Jarrod Mcclanahan, Dingess, WV
Mark I. McClelland, W. Logan, WV
Keri E. McCoy, Luburn, WV
Rita D. McCoy, Delbarton, WV
Nicholas T. McDonald, West Logan, WV
Crystal L. McRae, Harts, WV
Dennis B. Meade, Holden, WV
Heather L. Meeks, Harts, WV
Johnna G. Messer, Crum, WV
Dottie J. Messer, Kermit, WV
Jonia E. Messer, Dingess, WV
Megan G. Meza, Gilbert, WV
Kayla B. Milam, Racine, WV
Zachary R. Miller, Lake, WV
Shelley M. Miller, Salt Rock, WV
Alex J. Miller, Whitman, WV
Kirstin A. Mitchell, Mallory, WV
Kenneth L. Mitchell, Mallory, WV
Kansas V. Moore, Williamson, WV
Thomas J. Mullins, Corinne, WV
Sonya R. Mullins, Red Jacket, WV
Brandy D. Mullins, Logan, WV
Mark E. Muncey, Logan, WV
Brittany R. Muncey, Accoville, WV
Zachary W. Murphy, Delbarton, WV
Jessie E. Murray, Chapmanville, WV
Katherine G. Murray, Chapmanville, WV
Eva J. Musick, Chattaroy, WV
Heidi B. Napier, Chapmanville, WV
Katilyn R. Nelson, Amherstdale, WV
Miranda J. Nisbet, Logan, WV
Kristy L. Noe, Red Jacket, WV
Taylor N. Norman, Stollings, WV
Shanna O'Brien, Hardy, KY
Stephanie C. Ooten, Meador, WV
Jamee L. Ooten, Delbarton, WV
David S. Osborne, Charleston, WV
David Z. Owens, Williamson, WV
Tiara M. Owens, Amherstdale, WV
Loretta M. Owens, Hardy, KY
Kayla R. Pandelios, Uneeda, WV
Leandra K. Parks, Williamson, WV
Verna R. Pennington, Clear Fork, WV
John A. Perovich, Turtle Creek, WV
Whitney D. Perry, Davin, WV
Adam J. Petrosky, Peach Creek, WV
Emilie B. Petrosky, Wharton, WV
Julia M. Peyton Harts, WV
Justin P. Pinson, Kermit, WV
Stacie L. Plumley, Chapmanville, WV
Heather R. Poole, Harts, WV
Michael J. Porter, Harts, WV
Ashley N. Porter, Hamlin, WV
Ginger E. Portzer, Canada, KY
Stephanie D. Prater, Freeburn, KY
Ryan T. Preece, Kermit, WV
Billy R. Preece, Belfry, KY
Alexia D. Price, Alkol, WV
Chelcie D. Pritchard, Lake, WV
Brittany L. Proffitt, Amherstdale, WV
Shelli M. Provost, Omar, WV
Alisha N. Pruitt, Scott Depot, WV
Alexandria J. Raines, Chapmanville, WV
Cortney N. Rakes, West Logan, WV
Amanda L. Ramella, Williamson, WV
Michael B. Ray, Canada, KY
Jennifer N. Riffe, Williamson, WV
Alex R. Roberts, Spurlockville, WV
Sabrina N. Roberts, Iaeger, WV
Stephanie N. Robinette, Forest Hills, KY
Devan D. Rollyson, Gilbert, WV
Genna Rollyson, Gilbert, WV
Melissa Rose, Chapmanville, WV
Kayla J. Runyon, Chapmanville, WV
Holli L. Runyon, Lenore, WV
Hannah E. Sabo, Chapmanville, WV
Maranda A. Sammons, Chattaroy, WV
Kyle B. Sandy, Bud, WV
Hannah N. Scarbro, Rock Creek, WV
Shelley J. Scarbro, Rock Creek, WV
Marylea R. Seacrist, Ashford, WV
Sarah E. Searls, Alkol, WV
Caleb M. Shawver, Verdunville, WV
Sara E. Sheppard, Williamson, WV
Judy L. Sheppard ,Stollings, WV
Samantha G. Shrum, Delbarton, WV
Lauren E. Shumate, South Charleston, WV
Zack C. Simon, Williamson, WV
Chalisse R. Skeens, Harts, WV
Haley D. Slate, Chapmanville, WV
Angela C. Slone, Williamson, WV
Todd D. Smith, Williamson, WV
Donna K. Smith, Goody, KY
Meagan R. Smith, Chapmanville, WV
LaVonda M. Smith, Bruno, WV
Joshua D.. Smith, Hanover, WV
Bethany S. Smith, Cyclone, WV
Kaitlyn B. Smith, Big Creek, WV
Heather L. Spears, Mount Gay, WV
Christie E. Sprouse, Chapmanville, WV
Darian D. Spry, Logan, WV
Kelsey D. Stacy, Hanover, WV
Roxie I. Stacy, Lovely, KY
Eva L. Stanley, Chapmanville, WV
Skylar C. Stark, Van, WV
Ashley L. Starkey, Madison, WV
Holly L. Steele, Brenton, WV
Clayburne A. Stevens, Gilbert, WV
Thomas R. Stevens, Charleston, WV
Alyx C. Stover, Chapmanville, WV
Brittany N. Stumbo, Ragland, WV
Whitney P. Sturgell, Kermit, WV
Carlos J. Tackett, Nellis, WV
Kaitlyn R. Tadlock, Madison, WV
Debra A. Tawney, Yawkey, WV
Jerinel Taylor, Matewan, WV
Teresa M. Taylor, Davy, WV
Cynthia M. Thompson, Williamson, WV
Jennifer Thompson, Alum Creek, WV
Kourtney B. Thompson, Davin, WV
Jessica B. Thompson, Kermit, WV
Kimberly S. Thompson, Lenore, WV
Amber B. Thompson, Holden, WV
Kayla N. Thompson, Baisden, WV
Jonathan Tilley, Pineville, WV
Katie A. Tilley, Mullens, WV
Ashley B. Tilley, Belfry, KY
Latasha J. Toler, Coal Mountain, WV
Jessi D. Tomblin, Verdunville, WV
Lindsay H. Topping, Hamlin, WV
Angela S. Totten, Racine, WV
Joshua R. Trent, Gilbert, WV
Jonathan E. Twardy, Amherstdale, WV
Cory D. Van Meter, Logan, WV
Paul T. Vanaelst, Whitman, WV
Lindsey J. Vance, Delbarton, WV
Jimmy N. Vance, Mount Gay, WV
Patti Vance, Brenton, WV
Duston R. Vanover, Williamson, WV
Emily K. Vinson, Logan, WV
Tanis W. Walker, Ottawa, WV
Joshua K. Walker, Hanover, WV
Austin D. Walker, Whitman, WV
Airiel S. Wallace, Dingess, WV
Travis R. Ward, Varney, WV
Taria L. Watson, Williamson, WV
Robert A. Watts, Accoville, WV
Rebecca F. West, McCarr, KY
Jason West, Varney, WV
Sabrina A. White, Madison, WV
Kimberly A. Whitt, Whitman, WV
Christopher Whitt, Williamson, WV
Haley B. Wiley, Branchland, WV
Cassidy D. Willis, Omar, WV
Caitlin M. Woolum, Canada, KY
Kylie B. Workman, Hamlin, WV
Sabrina L. Workman, Delbarton, WV
Meghan A. Young, McGraws, WV
Brandy N. Zanders, Crum, WV

Southern Representatives will be available around our service area during the summer.  Below are some places you can connect with us over the next few weeks.

Recruiting  Days 
June 3, 2014 Bufalo Shopwise Bufallo Creek, Man,WV
June 11, 2014 Man Pic Pac- Man, WV
June 19, 2014 Town N Country Chapmanville, WV
June 26, 2014 Krogers- Holden Road, WV
June 28, 2014 Kiwanis Club Bike Rodeo Fountain Place Mall, Logan
July 2, 2014 Larry Joe Harless Center Gilbert, WV
July 10, 2014 Man Pic Pac Man, WV
June 16, 2014 Byrnside Hardware Danville, WV
Festivals and Fairs 
July 3, 4, 5, 2014 Freedom Festival Logan,WV
August 1, 2, 2014 Man Street Fair Man, WV
Sept. 25,26, 27 Apple Butter Festival Chapmanville,WV
Southern Foundation Scholarship Reception

The Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation, Inc. held its Sixth Annual Scholarship Honor Reception on April 17, 2014 at the Chief Logan Lodge and Conference Center. The Scholarship Honor Reception honors scholarship donors and recipients. The Southern Foundation proudly recognizes donors and others who serve as contacts for Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s scholarship awards and honors the accomplishments of many talented scholarship recipients. During the 2013-2014 academic year, 262 students received scholarships totaling $336,432.62.

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Students, families, and friends can see pictures of Commencement weekend on our Facebook Page.

Commencement Video Available Here

Phi Theta Kappa

Alex Roberts and Rhodella Vanover, students at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, were recognized by Gov. Tomblin as the newest members of the Phi Theta Kappa All-West Virginia Academic Team.

Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society that recognizes and encourages academic success among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, “Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.”

Cliff Natural Resources Funds New Scholarship

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and the Southern Community College Foundation, Inc. announced today the establishment of a new scholarship program.

In a demonstration of their ongoing commitment to Southern, Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc. presented the funding for this new scholarship.

Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc., Technical Scholarship Program at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will be a multiyear partnership to provide financial assistance to students pursuing career and educational opportunities in the technology programs.

“Cliffs Natural Resources is committed to the communities in which we operate and these contributions are an example of that commitment,” said Ryan Thorn, Cliffs’ public affairs coordinator. “The partnerships we’ve built through the years continue to have a positive impact on the people and the communities in southern West Virginia and we look forward to building on that good work this year.”

Ron Lemon, Vice President of Development remarked that this program will significantly reduce the debt load for many students. “We know what the barriers are and often it’s the cost. With the help of supporters such as Cliffs, we can remove those barriers, and we will.”

“The scholarships awarded to our students through this program will help them to accomplish their goal of obtaining a college degree and will have a lasting impact on their future and the future of our community,” said First Lady/President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin. So many students are in need of financial help. Our goal is to assist as many students as possible and these contributions help us do just that.”


For more information on this scholarship visit online at or contact the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation office.

Dr. Gee to Address Southern Graduates

Logan, WV- Dr. E. Gordon Gee, President of West Virginia University will address the 2014 graduating class of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College on May 17, 2014. Commencement Exercises will take place beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Coalfield Jamboree Theater in downtown Logan.

Gee graduated from the University of Utah with an honors degree in history and earned his J.D. and Ed.D degrees from Columbia University. He clerked under Chief Justice David T. Lewis of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals before being named a judicial fellow and staff assistant to the U.S. Supreme Court. In this role, he worked for Chief Justice Warren Burger on administrative and legal problems of the Court and federal judiciary. Gee returned to Utah as an associate professor and associate dean in the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, and was granted full professorship in 1978. One year later, he was named dean of the West Virginia University Law School, and, in 1981, was appointed to that university’s presidency.

Dr. Gee served as president of The Ohio State University from 1990 to 1997 and again from 2007 to 2013. Prior to his service at Ohio State, he led Vanderbilt University (2001-2007), Brown University (1998-2000), the University of Colorado (1985-1990), and West Virginia University (1981-1985). He returned to WVU to serve as president for a term in January 2014, and was confirmed as the permanent president in March 2014. Gee has served in higher education for more than three decades and in 2009 was named by Time magazine as one of the top-10 university presidents in the United States.

Active in a number of national professional and service organizations during his tenures, he has served on the boards for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc., Limited Brands, and the National 4-H Council.

Gee has received a number of honorary degrees, awards, fellowships, and recognitions. He is a fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest science organization. In 1994, Gee received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Utah, as well as from Teachers College of Columbia University. In 2013, he received the ACE Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award and received the Outstanding Academic Leader of the Year Award on behalf of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He is the co-author of 11 books, including Law, Policy and Higher Education, published in 2012. He is also the author of numerous papers and articles on law and education.


The public is invited to attend the ceremony. Please visit for additional information.