Student Affairs


The Division of Student Affairs strives to create a statewide culture that promotes educational opportunities for all citizens, regardless of age, income, race, or gender.  The division is dedicated to helping students flourish by empowering them with the tools necessary for postsecondary success and enabling students to tap into their greatest potential.  Students are the priority in the Division of Student Affairs.

The division coordinates several statewide college access and success programs, including the federally funded West Virginia GEAR UP initiative, a program that helps students in eleven West Virginia counties prepare to succeed in training and education beyond high school, and College for West Virginia (CFWV). College for West Virginia offers free college- and career-planning resources to help students and families across the state help plan, apply, and pay for education and training beyond high school.

The Division of Student Affairs supports the work of student affairs offices on campuses of West Virginia’s public two- and four-year colleges and universities through professional development and training opportunities, grant funding and collaboration on statewide initiatives.

Additionally, through a joint effort with West Liberty University, the Division of Student Affairs administers the West Virginia Upward Bound Math and Science program. This federally funded TRIO program serves low-income and first-generation students and helps them find success through higher education access.


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

Office suite: Boulevard Tower, 5th floor


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

Related Media

News and Commentary
Chancellor's Scholars
West Virginia Advisory Council of Students
West Virginia Student Success Leadership Council


Elizabeth Manuel

Elizabeth Manuel, Senior Director of Student Services

304-558-0655 ext. 26377

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Cameron Asbury, College Access and
Success Program Specialist

304-558-0655 ext. 26401

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Mallory Carpenter

Mallory Carpenter, College Access and Success Program Director


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Janine Coutu

Janine Coutu, College Access and Success Program Director

304-558-0655 ext. 26402

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Nichole Dunkin

Nichole Donahue-Dunkin, Coordinator of Upward Bound Math and Science Program

304-558-0655 ext. 21881
Janine Coutu

Kaci Foster, Community Outreach and Engagement Specialist

304-558-0655 ext. 26403

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Emily Hammond

Emily Hammond, Assistant Director of Communications and Outreach

304-558-0655 ext. 56071
Brandon Hughes

Brandon Hughes, Coordinator of Technology and Digital Outreach

304-558-0655 ext. 26378

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Kenzie Kyle, Coordinator of Upward Bound Math and Science

304-558-0655 ext. 45561
Jason (JR) Luyster

Jason (JR) Luyster, Assistant Director of West Virginia GEAR UP

304-558-0655 ext. 26379

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Heather McChesney

Heather McChesney, Director of Statewide Access Initiatives

304-558-0655 ext. 26405

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Casey Patterson, College Access and Success Program Director

Autumn Perry

Autumn Perry, Program Director of Student Services

304-558-0655 ext. 26406

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Tira Runyon, Director of TRIO Programs

304-558-0655 ext. 45572

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Joanne Rutherford, Coordinator of Fiscal and Administrative Services

304-558-0655 ext. 26380

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Sara Rose, College Access Outreach Counselor

304-558-0655 ext. 58191

Zachary Scott, College Access Outreach Counselor

304-558-4618 ext. 26400

Lesli Taylor, Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation

304-558-0655 ext. 09997

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