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 and the College Foundation of West Virginia.

Through a joint effort with the Division of Health Sciences, our staff provides support to West Virginia’s two and four year colleges and universities for addressing student mental health and emotional well-being.

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

Related Media

College Access and Student Success Outreach Resources
WV GEAR UP Fact Sheet
CFWV Fact Sheet
Student Affairs Fact Sheet
Archived Reports and Publications
News and Commentary


Elizabeth Manuel

Elizabeth Manuel, Senior Director of Student Services

304-558-0655 ext. 284
JR Luyster

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

304-558-0655 ext. 323
Kaci Foster

Kaci Foster, Communications Specialist

304-558-0655 ext. 283
Jennifer Grossman

Dr. Jennifer Grossman, Coordinator of Research and Evaluation

Brandon Hughes

Brandon Hughes, Coordinator of Technology and Digital Outreach

304-558-0655 ext. 201
JR Luyster

Jason (JR) Luyster, Assistant Director of West Virginia 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

Ronni Wood

Ronni Wood, College Access Program Coordinator

304-558-0655 ext. 321
304-558-0658 (fax)