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Get to know our staff

Welcome to the Honors College community. We are a group of faculty, staff, and students who share a passion for learning. Our office maintains an open door policy from 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday to encourage students to visit us with questions, issues, or ideas.

Dr. Kenneth Blemings

Dean of the Honors College

A professor in the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences and inaugural director of the University’s intercollegiate undergraduate program in biochemistry was named dean of the WVU Honors College in 2015.

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Dr. Damien Clement

Associate Dean

Dr. Damien Clement is a professor in the College of Applied Human Sciences at West Virginia University and is associate dean of the Honors College.

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Trista Bunner

Recruitment Specialist

Trista Bunner joined the Honors College team in March 2024 as a recruitment specialist. She previously worked for WVU Office of Admissions from the time she was a student to finishing her master's.

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Colin Gooding

Records Officer

Colin Gooding is a West Virginia native that wandered away for a while before he found his way home to WVU for his undergraduate education.

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Dr. Kevin Gooding

Living-Learning Community Coordinator

A nearly-native West Virginian, Dr. Kevin Gooding joined the Honors College as a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor in June 2016, after serving as an instructor since 2010.

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Brian Hoover

Development Officer

Brian Hoover joined the Honors College Team in July 2018. In his role as development officer, he focuses on fundraising, alumni relations, and scholarship development.

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Savannah Mead

Graduate Assistant - Honors Foundations Program

Savannah Mead started as the Honors Foundations Program graduate assistant in August 2022. Savannah is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and she graduated in May 2022 from WVU with a B.S. in Horticulture and a minor in Cello Performance.

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Jordan Niedoba

Administrative Assistant

Jordan Niedoba joined the Honors College in July 2021. She schedules meetings for the dean and associate dean as well as orders supplies for Honors faculty and staff.

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Vickie Sigley

Records Assistant II

Vickie Sigley is your first stop for help with identifying your advisor, filling out paperwork, figuring out how many Honors credit hours you have earned, and any other questions that arise.

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Lisa Verlinden

Office Administrator

Lisa Verlinden is the Administrative Associate who helps keep the Honors Office operating efficiently.

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Dr. Ashley Watts

Program Director - Honors College First-Year Experience

Dr. Ashley Watts joined the Honors College in January 2016. She coordinates the mentoring and tutoring programs in the Honors College and is the faculty sponsor for the Mountaineer Tutoring Network.

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Lindsay Willey

Director of Marketing and Communications

Lindsay Willey is a seasoned higher education communications and marketing professional. She oversees the integrated marketing and communications efforts for the Honors College and its affiliate offices (ASPIRE, Pre-Health Professional Development...

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Clarissa Estep

Clarissa Estep, teaching professor of political science and director of the International Studies Program in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, has more than 15 years of involvement in the areas of service learning, professional field experience...

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Sasha is a lab-mix that serves as the Honors College therapy dog.

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