WVU provides Strategic Initiatives reorganization update

Stephanie Taylor

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University President Gordon Gee has announced changes within the Strategic Initiatives unit effective immediately.

Rob Alsop has exited as vice president of the department and will serve as Special Assistant to the President through the end of January 2024 when he will leave the institution.

Talent and Culture teams now report to Stephanie Taylor, university vice president and general counsel. Talent and Culture previously reported to Alsop through former vice president Cris Debord who retired in August.

Due to the wide reaching impact of the Talent and Culture department, a search has been launched for an associate vice president of Talent and Culture at a later date to ensure those critical functions continue.

Taylor will continue to lead the University’s legal team and the University Police Department.

Paula Congelio

Remaining under the leadership of Associate Vice President Ted Svehlik, the Auxiliary and Business Services team will report to Paula Congelio, vice president and chief financial officer. Svehlik previously reported to Alsop.

Congelio also will now oversee Dining Services, WVU Bookstores and Erickson Alumni Center teams, which will be grouped into a strategic partnerships team led by Assistant Vice President Erin Newmeyer. Newmeyer will also continue to manage the marketing/communications efforts for Finance, Auxiliary and Business Services, Legal, Talent and Culture, University Police, Erickson Alumni Center and other administrative units. Newmeyer previously reported to Alsop and served Strategic Initiatives as assistant vice president.

Brice Knotts, chief information officer, will report directly to Gee. Knotts previously reported to Alsop and will continue to lead the University’s Information Technology Services team.

Travis Mollohan

Travis Mollohan, director of government relations, will become associate vice president and lead government relations and collaborations. Mollohan will report to Gee and manage a team that focuses on federal, state, local and corporate relations. Also, Rocco Fucillo, senior advisor and director of state relations, has retired from the University.

“Rocco was a valuable member of the Government Relations team, and his commitment greatly enhanced our relationships with state policymakers and community leaders,” President Gee said. “We thank Rocco for his decade of service to West Virginia University and we will miss him dearly.”

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