Student Affairs


The Division of Student Affairs strives to create a statewide culture that promotes educational opportunities for all citizens, regardless of age or income. The division coordinates several college access and completion programs, including the federally funded West Virginia GEAR UP initiative, a program that works to increase college-going rates among students in ten West Virginia counties.

Additionally, the Division of Student Affairs supports the work of student affairs offices on the campuses of West Virginia’s public two-year and four-year colleges and universities.


304-558-0655 (office)  |  304-558-0658 (fax)  |  1018 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV

Office suite: Boulevard Tower, 4th floor

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Elizabeth Manuel

Elizabeth Manuel, Senior Director of Student Services

304-558-0655 ext. 284

Janine Coutu, Coordinator of WV GEAR UP College Transition and First Year Programs

304-558-0655 ext. 323
Brandon Hughes

Brandon Hughes, Coordinator of Technology and Digital Outreach

304-558-0655 ext. 201
JR Luyster

Jason (JR) Luyster, Interim Assistant Director for GEAR UP

304-558-0655 ext. 259
Heather McChesney

Heather McChesney, Coordinator of Curriculum and Professional Development

304-558-0655 ext. 264
Autumn Perry

Autumn Perry, College Access and Success Program Director