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WLU president plans to retire

RETIREMENT ANNOUNCED — West Liberty University President Stephen Greiner announced Tuesday he will be stepping down from that post on June 30. -- Contributed

WEST LIBERTY — After nearly four years at the helm of West Liberty University during which the hilltop campus saw sustained facilities and academic growth, President Stephen Greiner Tuesday announced his retirement.

Greiner, a Weirton native, became WLU president on Jan. 1, 2016. He has served for 19 consecutive years as a college or university president.

“Today I’m announcing my intention to retire from my position as president of West Liberty University effective June 30. It has been the greatest honor of my professional life to serve West Liberty University during the last four years. I am grateful to our faculty, staff, students, alumni, board members, and everyone who has shared this journey with me, and I am exceptionally proud of the progress we made together,” he said.

Pat Ford, chairman of the university’s board of governors, thanked Greiner for his leadership.

“Under President Greiner’s relatively short tenure, West Liberty University has seen one of the largest facility growth periods in years and I have found it refreshing to work with him as a leader. The number of construction projects that have been completed over this time adds value to our university and makes it easier for us to compete nationally,” Ford said.

Greiner’s tenure was marked by a management style that was student-focused, growth-oriented and financially responsible. During his time as president, graduate programs doubled in size.

Campus improvements include the addition of two athletic facilities — the West Family Athletic Complex and the Belmont Savings Bank Indoor Practice Facility. The campus also saw the growth of campus housing with the renovation and update of residential halls and an increase in single dorm room space.

Greiner has been a strong supporter of Hilltopper athletics and assisted with the addition of two NCAA Division II team sports, men’s soccer and women’s acrobatic and tumbling.

While much has been done, more work remains for the next president, he said.

“There are numerous challenges and opportunities to be addressed in the coming months, and I will remain diligent in completing the work ahead to prepare for a smooth transition. For now, I simply want to thank you for giving me the best years of my career in higher education,” Greiner said.

Greiner has worked in higher education for 46 years. He and his wife, Nancy, own a retirement home in North Carolina where they plan to reside.

A search committee for WLU’s 37th president is now being formed.

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