BECKLEY, W.Va. — The new president of West Virginia University Institute of Technology says he’s preparing to move from Georgia back home to the Mountain State.
T. Ramon Stuart, a native of Welch, will begin his new role on Jan. 1, 2023.
Stuart most recently served as the president of Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga.
“We’re so excited to come back home. We’re starting to look at different places already. We’re going to make the transition quick because we believe in being part of the community because the university is the community,” he said.
Prior to his role at Clayton State, he served as the provost and vice president of academic affairs at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Ga.
Before moving to Georgia, Stuart served in the provost’s office at West Virginia State University. He worked as an associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs. He also served as a faculty member teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at WVSU, West Virginia State Community and Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Stuart said he’s excited to be part of the team at WVU Tech.
“You can tell that people that work here at West Virginia Tech believe in the institution, they believe in what they do and they understand who they’re doing it for,” he said.
While Stuart has a lot of knowledge and experience in student success and support, academics, fundraising, community collaboration and overall institutional growth, he said he wants to hear from the WVU Tech community to help move the campus forward.
“I’ve talked with people in Morgantown to get some ideas, but I really want to spend the first 100 days really getting immersed in the community, listening to people and understanding where the institution is,” he said.
Stuart has been a champion for students and has led various campus initiatives to improve retention and increase enrollment.
“We really need to help West Virginians to have affordable, access to higher education. We need to continue to change the state by educating more and we then just need to grow,” he said.
Stuart has also led expansion of academic programs, including the addition of a cyber security program, engineering, nursing, supply chain and logistics programs.
“WVU Tech has a bright future and I am excited that Dr. Stuart will be leading the charge as Tech continues to grow,” current WVU Tech President Carolyn Long said in a statement. She will retire later this month after more than a decade at Tech.
“Dr. Stuart will be a beacon for the University,” WVU President Gordon Gee stated. “A real understanding of the essence of our campus in southern West Virginia springs from his deep roots in the region.”
Stuart holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a master’s degree in industrial hygiene from the WVU Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and a doctorate in higher education administration from the Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education at Ohio University.