PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — The West Virginia University at Parkersburg community welcomed incoming president Chris Gilmer to campus earlier this week.

The university’s Board of Governors and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education previously approved the appointment.

Gilmer, a first-generation college graduate, previously served as executive director of Alcorn State University in Vicksburg, Mississippi and vice president for academic affairs at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. He has 25 years of high education experience and 15 years of experience as a grant writer with consulting work.

“My background is not unlike that of many in our region, and I know WVU Parkersburg can be a bridge to any dream imagined,” he said.

Gilmer holds an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts from East Center Community College, a Masters of Arts in English from Mississippi College and a Bachelor of Science and Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi.