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Glenville State University President Dr. Mark A. Manchin speaks to faculty and staff assembled for the annual opening meeting. The meeting is held prior the beginning of each semester and serves as an opportunity for employees to hear campus updates.
Glenville State University President Dr. Mark A. Manchin speaks to the graduates during the May 2022 Commencement Ceremony.
Members of the Glenville State University Lady Pioneers 2022 NCAA Division II women’s basketball national championship team are pictured with West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, Glenville State University President Dr. Mark A. Manchin, and longtime Glenville State supporters Ike and Sue Morris. The team helped Glenville State University’s sports programs to a 5th place finish in the MEC Commissioners Cup.
Glenville State University President Dr. Mark A. Manchin, left, and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine President James W. Nemitz, Ph.D., shake hands following a signing ceremony in February welcoming Glenville State into the WVSOM pre-osteopathic medicine program.
Glenville State President Dr. Mark Manchin admires a copy of the bill officially designating the institution as a university.

Glenville State University President Dr. Mark A. Manchin speaks to faculty and staff assembled for the annual opening meeting. The meeting is held prior the beginning of each semester and serves as an opportunity for employees to hear campus updates.
Glenville State University President Dr. Mark A. Manchin speaks to the graduates during the May 2022 Commencement Ceremony.
Members of the Glenville State University Lady Pioneers 2022 NCAA Division II women’s basketball national championship team are pictured with West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, Glenville State University President Dr. Mark A. Manchin, and longtime Glenville State supporters Ike and Sue Morris. The team helped Glenville State University’s sports programs to a 5th place finish in the MEC Commissioners Cup.
Glenville State University President Dr. Mark A. Manchin, left, and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine President James W. Nemitz, Ph.D., shake hands following a signing ceremony in February welcoming Glenville State into the WVSOM pre-osteopathic medicine program.
Glenville State President Dr. Mark Manchin admires a copy of the bill officially designating the institution as a university.
GLENVILLE, W.Va. — In the midst of Homecoming week during one of the school’s most historic years, Glenville State University President Dr. Mark A. Manchin took a few minutes between events and Board of Governors meetings to talk progress.
“From the perspective of where the school is right now, the direction and pathway we’re on, I think the overwhelming feeling is one of excitement, of improvement and growth,” Manchin said by phone as he prepared for a celebration honoring the school’s women’s golf team.
Since becoming president of the school in July 2020, Manchin has led a resurgence that has shown growth in enrollment (despite the perils of the COVID-19 pandemic) as well as the school’s ascension to university status.
The school has added masters level classes in education administration and curriculum development with plans to add a Masters of Business Administration in the coming year and eventually a masters in a criminal justice-related field.
Glenville State University also has partnered with Marshall University to be able to offer nursing degrees, with more than 40 students already enrolled in the program for the coming year.
“Academically, we are very pleased with the programs we’ve developed, as well as our longstanding programs,” Manchin said. “We take great pride in our history as a school that has developed teachers down the years, and we want to continue that strong tradition.
“There are thousands of jobs available to teachers, so we want to give the young people of Central West Virginia a chance for a promising career, as well as the youth of the Mountain State and those looking for high-quality education in a small-town, small school setting.”
But Manchin also wants Glenville State to help students identify other high-need areas that will lead to successful careers. Manchin and Board both saw great opportunity — and unmet need — in the field of nursing, so the partnership with Marshall made great sense to expedite the program, benefiting students in rural areas by allowing them to attend school closer to home.
“There is just so much need for quality nursing, and we’re proud to be a part of the solution, to fill that need with our partner, Marshall, to help not only students in West Virginia but residents who will ultimately be served by these nurses in the future.”
And he said the school isn’t done pursuing more health care-related fields, with more emphasis on sports medicine as well as a physician assistant program being considered.
“There is just so much demand that current programs aren’t able to keep up,” Manchin said. “And with our mission of serving this central region, of serving rural West Virginia, we see opportunity to make more of a difference.”
Manchin’s messaging has led to increased enrollment, with him saying the school has grown to just over 1,600 students.
He credits his Board of Governors for their strong support, as well as the school’s alumni and other benefactors who have helped raise record amounts of money through the school’s foundation.
That level of commitment has fueled the school’s growth in programming, as well as its ability to upgrade facilities.
In September, the school celebrated the renovations of the cafeteria and snack bar areas inside the Mollohan Campus Community Center.
The $1.5 million renovations included updates to the cafeteria serving and dining room areas, the addition of fresh casual restaurant chain Freshens, an updated grill and a self-service convenience store.
The upgrades also include a “We Proudly Serve” Starbucks coffee shop in Louis Bennett Hall. The school also has added a book store in conjunction with Barnes and Noble.
“These renovations are for the students,” Manchin said. “We wanted to improve our accommodations, to improve food choices to include more fresh, healthy alternatives.
“I am very pleased with the result of these renovations — and I believe that the students are as well — and I appreciate everyone who was involved in the process.”
Much like the academic programming, Manchin said Glenville’s growth and revitalization isn’t even close to being complete.
“We’re working to improve our residential halls, to upgrade technology,” Manchin said. “We want Glenville State to be that small campus atmosphere but one that presents major opportunities for success in life.”
Manchin emphasized that the school’s success is because of the hard work of educators, staff and students, as well as the great support of the Board of Governors, alumni and community.
“It takes a team,” Manchin said. “And we’re blessed to have one of the best right here at Glenville State University. I am proud to serve as its president.”

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