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Sistersville welcomes WVU President Gee

By Staff | Jul 30, 2014
Pictured from left above are Mike Fitzsimmons, Rhoda Fitzsimmons, Matt Harbaugh, Ken Blemmings, Del. Roger Romine, WVU President Gordon Gee, and Steve Bonano during Gee’s visit to Tyler County July 22. (Photos by Judy Light)
Pictured at right, from left, are Sistersville Councilman Phil Konopacky, Ferry Captain Herman Hause, WVU President Gordon Gee, and Deckhand Chuck Tippins.

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee visited Tyler County, specifically Sistersville, July 22.

It is part of Gee’s tour of the state. “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,” said Gee.

“The message I am bringing in 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,” said Gee. “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.”