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Honors Spotlight

The Honors College values our students, alumni and community.

See below for some recent Honors spotlights. Check back often for updates on the Honors College and what our staff, students and alumni are up to!


Hayden Nichols

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Hayden Nichols, a WVU Foundation Scholar, came to WVU in 2016 from Herbert Hoover High School in Elkview, West Virginia. Hayden finished his mechanical engineering degree in May 2020, also completing a minor in mathematics.

Nichols discusses the many activities he was involved with at WVU, internship opportunities he participated in, what he enjoyed about his Honors courses, and the hard decision of choosing which graduate school to attend.

Read more about Hayden Nichols here.

Judge Thomas Kleeh

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Judge Kleeh joined the Honors Program at West Virginia University in 1992 and graduated with a bachelor of science in business administration with an emphasis in accounting in 1996.

Kleeh discussed influential classes and people he encountered throughout his time with the Honors Program that continue to shape his life to this day.

Read more about Judge Kleeh here.

Recent Graduates

Thaiddeus “Ted” Dillie

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Thaiddeus “Ted” Dillie, a class of 2020 West Virginia University and Honors College graduate with a bachelor of science in biochemistry, a major which is a collaboration between the Davis and Eberly Colleges.

Ted, a Weirton, West Virginia native, was exposed to strong WVU pride throughout his childhood, so his decision to attend college here was not a difficult choice. However, as a first-generation college student, navigating the waters at such a big university was an adjustment for Ted.

Ted said his experiences with the Honors College and within his major allowed him to have a rich and unique experience at WVU, one he hopes to continue in his future.

Read more about Ted Dillie here.

Honors Friends

Honors Through the Years

Dr. Keith Garbutt

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Dr. Keith Garbutt, former dean of the Honors College, first came to WVU in 1987 as an assistant professor of biology, teaching a course in population & quantitative genetics. 

Dr. Garbutt talked with us about his journey and contributions through the transition on the WVU Honors Program becoming the WVU Honors College in 2006.

Learn more about Dr. Keith Garbutt here.

Dr. Bill Collins

Dr. Bill Collins and wife, Karen.

Dr. Bill Collins, former director of the Honors Program, spent time with us reminiscing on the beginning of the Honors Program and its evolution into the Honors College today.

Read more about Dr. Collins here.