Drawing interest from the television series “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” she knew she wanted to become a physician since the 8th grade.

From working as a journalism professor, serving as the dean of the Reed College of Media for 16 years, and becoming provost and vice president of academic affairs in 2019, Maryanne Reed’s contributions to WVU can be seen all throughout campus.

Cathy Yura has worked as a psychologist at WVU for 37 years and during that time, she’s helped create the WVU Collegiate Recovery Program and WellWVU.

While coaches and players come and go, the booming voice of Bill Nevin voice has remained a constant at WVU sporting events for the past 16 years.

David Laub, a senior biology and English literature student from Martinsburg, West Virginia, was named Newman Civic Fellow in March and has had many credible achievements during his time at WVU.

In September, West Virginia baseball coach Randy Mazey received a five-year contract extension, a well-deserved reward for leading the Mountaineers to one of the best finishes in program history.

Past Most Influential People

At the end of every year, The Daily Athenaeum Editorial Board collaborates on this list to honor those in our community who embody the Mountaineer spirit.The process involves a simple conversation based on a not so simple question; who have we seen make a difference in our lives here, at WVU…

In this Nov. 19, 2016, photo, West Virginia NCAA college women's soccer head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown gestures during a soccer match against Ohio State in Morgantown, WVa. Izzo-Brown is the only women's soccer coach West Virginia has ever hired. After 21 seasons, she's guiding the Mountaineers…

Jihad DixonWVU Student Senator Senior political science student Jihad D. Dixon was elected this year to the Student Government Association with a platform of “making WVU students’ voices heard.”The Charleston native is the former president of the WVU chapter of the NAACP, a residential assis…

WVU OlympiansKadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence, Ginny Thrasher Kadeisha BuchananSenior defender Kadeisha Buchanan will likely go down in WVU women’s soccer lore as the most decorated player to ever come through the program.This season Buchanan helped lead the Mountain- eers to the No. 1 ran…

Mariana MatthewsSenior Title IX Education Specialist and Director of the Peer Advocate programMariana Matthews is the Senior Title IX Education Specialist and Director of the Peer Advocate program at WVU.She is a New Orleans native and WVU alumna in 2011 and 2013. Matthews began working at t…

Cris MayoDirector of the LGBTQ+ CenterCris Mayo is a scholar brought into WVU to be the director of the WVU LGBTQ Center taking on its many roles and responsibilities. It is for the opening of this center after 25 years as well as its continued impact on campus that Cris Mayo is considered o…

Nikki Izzo BrownHead Coach of WVU Women's SoccerTwenty-one years ago, Nikki Izzo-Brown took over a new WVU program with big plans for the future. Twenty-one years later in 2016, she led that program to its best season in school history and a runner-up finish in the College Cup.She has guided…

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