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New college graduates will likely have job interviews over video conferencing programs like Zoom or Skype, a trend experts say may continue even after the coronavirus pandemic ends.
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Unemployment across the nation is at an all-time high with millions of Americans out of work. In West Virginia, more than 160,000 residents have filed for unemployment since mid-March, according to state officials on May 14

This has many new college graduates concerned as they try to navigate a now limited job market. While there may be valuable lessons new grads can learn through the pandemic, it will also be a challenging road ahead for some. 

West Liberty University
West Liberty University

A college in the Northern Panhandle is postponing its search for its next president amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

West Liberty University has suspended its presidential selection process until early August in response to the coronavirus crisis, the college announced in a release on Monday.

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West Liberty University will soon be seeing a change in leadership, as President Stephen Greiner announced plans to retire next year at a press conference on Tuesday.

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On March 30, 1837, the Virginia legislature chartered a private academy at West Liberty, north of Wheeling.

The first 65 students met for classes the following year. In 1857, public-spirited citizens completed the red-brick Academy Hall, which survived until the mid-1970s.

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West Liberty University's Board of Governors has approved a campus ban on firearms and other deadly weapons.

WTOV-TV reports the vote Wednesday followed a state law enacted this year that allows the carrying of concealed handguns without a permit.

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West Liberty University is one of several  higher education institutions in the state that have recently hired new presidents. Weirton-native Stephen Greiner spoke with West Virginia Public Broadcasting about coming home to lead a school in the Northern Panhandle.


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West Liberty University is offering a new bachelor's degree program in zoo science for biology majors.

West Liberty President Stephen Greiner says the university's College of Sciences is partnering with the Good Zoo at Wheeling's Oglebay Resort for the degree program, which will prepare students to work in zoo and aquarium management.

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The Higher Education Policy Commission approve presidents at three state universities Friday.

The West Virginia Higher Education policy Commission voted unanimously to grant final approval of three presidential selections. Jerome Gilbert at Marshall University, Mary Hendrix at Shepherd University and Stephen Greiner at West Liberty University.

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About a dozen education officials from around the state addressed the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability in an interim meeting Monday.

Budget cuts for higher education has been a topic many in the state find frustrating, and this feeling was no different at Monday’s interim meeting.

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College basketball season has begun in West Virginia.

The West Virginia University men’s team tips off its season in exhibition play Friday night against Glenville State. Last year, the Mountaineers made a run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. It was the most successful season since an appearance in the final four in 2009. WVU Head Coach Bob Huggins said the key to last year was adopting a full-court press on defense, where defenders guard their player all over the floor. 

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West Liberty University announced the selection of a new president this week. Dr. Stephen Greiner is currently the president of Hazard Community and Technical College in Kentucky, but he will take over as president at West Liberty in January.


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A search committee has named two higher education officials from Kentucky and Georgia as the finalists for the president's job at West Liberty University.

The West Liberty University Presidential Search Committee says it recommended Ron Dempsey and Stephen Greiner to the school's Board of Governors on Wednesday.

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West Liberty University

West Liberty University's presidential search committee plans on-campus interviews with the finalists later this month.

West Liberty spokeswoman Maureen Zambito tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that three to five finalists will be given an opportunity to introduce themselves to the campus community.

Former West Liberty University President Robin Capehart has agreed to pay $10,000 to settle a state ethics complaint regarding his film company.

The West Virginia Ethics Commission released the agreement with Capehart on Thursday.

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On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board talks with Beth Vorhees about troubles at West Liberty University.  And Ashton Marra reports from White Sulphur Springs where billionaire Jim Justice announced he’s running for governor.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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West Liberty University's Faculty Senate has voted no confidence in another administrator.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports the Faculty Senate approved the no confidence vote in chief financial officer Jack Wright on Wednesday during a closed meeting.

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A West Liberty University search committee has set a timeline for the process of naming the school's next president.

West Liberty said in a statement Tuesday that the 22-member committee selected university Board of Governors member Leslie DeFelice to lead the search committee.

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West Liberty University's board has appointed a committee to conduct a search for the school's next president.

The 21-member committee includes the Board of Governors, members of the university's Foundation Board, and representatives of students, faculty and staff.

WLU biology professor, Dr. Zach Loughman, is shown accepting his award in Charleston.
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A West Liberty University researcher has been named the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia's Professor of the Year.


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Former West Liberty University President Robin Capehart will earn the same salary in his new role as a legislative liaison and consultant.

Capehart resigned last week following an ethics complaint and a vote of no confidence by the faculty senate. He will remain with the university through 2015.

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The approval of an interim president for West Liberty University is before a meeting of the Higher Education Policy Commission.

The commission is scheduled to meet Friday in South Charleston to take up that matter among many other items on a long meeting agenda.

The interim leadership is needed because President Robin Capehart resigned this week following an ethics complaint and a vote of no confidence by the faculty senate.

Capehart's executive assistant, John McCullough, was named interim president while a search is conducted for a permanent successor.

  West Liberty University announced this week that President Robin Capehart submitted a letter of resignation which was accepted by the university's Board of Governors. 

The West Liberty University faculty senate has voted no confidence in President Robin Capehart, who is facing an ethics complaint.
 
The vote Monday was 13-6, according to media reports.
 
The vote follows a complaint in January by the West Virginia Ethics Commission alleging Capehart used university resources to promote his film company's movie "Doughboy."
 

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West Liberty University's Board of Governors is expected to meet soon to discuss its options regarding an ethics complaint against the school's president.

Media outlets report that the board's executive committee met behind closed doors on Wednesday to discuss the complaint against West Liberty President Robin Capehart. Board chairman George Couch says the board's legal counsel gave the committee an update. He didn't provide details.

Couch says the full board likely will hold a special meeting in the next week to 10 days.

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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet Jake Harriman, an Inspiring West Virginian who is fighting extreme poverty in the world.  And Clark Davis has a report about West Liberty University basketball.  The team is one of the best in the country…again. 

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A year after falling just one win short of a Division 2 National Championship, West Liberty Basketball is once again one of the best teams in the country.

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On West Virginia Morning, Mitt Romney visits West Virginia, reporter Catherine Moore is in Boone County looking at how layoffs in the coal industry are changing the political landscape.  And football isn’t just about the Thundering Herd or the Mountaineers.  Clark Davis looks at the upcoming season at the state’s smaller universities.

The West Liberty Hilltoppers will play for an NCAA Division II men's basketball championship for the first time in school history.  The Hilltoppers knocked off South Carolina-Aiken 86-83 in Thursday night's national semifinals.

West Liberty isi now 31-3 overall.  WTOV-TV reports the 7th ranked Hilltoppers will face 20th ranked Central Missouri in the championship game Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in Evansville,   Indiana. 

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Crayfish are one of the most endangered animal groups in the country, but recently a scientist at West Liberty University discovered three new species--and says there may be more on the way. That's not a big surprise if you know Zachary Loughman. He's one of only nine crayfish biologists in the country and maybe the most enthusiastic.

“Any second of any day I will look for crayfish. Period," Loughman says.

He says Appalachia is the perfect place to research crayfish because it's such an ecologically diverse region.

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West Liberty University is getting a $24,760 grant from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to continue its recycling efforts.
 

The school says the award will allow its voluntary recycling program to grow from its infancy into a full-fledged, mandatory program.