Presidential Search

Latest Update 5/4/2012

After being part of the Fairmont State family for more than 20 years, Dr. Maria C. Bennett Rose became the University’s president on May 3, 2012.  Dr. Rose's biography includes serving as a faculty member, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Interim President.  

Latest Update 4/26/2012


Presidential Search Committee Recommends Dr. Maria Rose as FSU President-Elect


About Fairmont State University

Fairmont State University, with a 120-acre main campus in Fairmont, West Virginia, (90 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA) is part of the state’s growing high technology corridor with a tri-county metro area of about 221,000 residents. The main campus has been expanded with new construction including an Engineering Technology Building, student center, residence hall, parking garage, improved library facility and significant ADA accessibility improvements. With an enrollment of 4,600, FSU offers six associate degrees, more than 80 baccalaureate degrees and graduate programs in business, criminal justice and education. FSU also plays a vital role in the North Central West Virginia region’s economic development.

The institution is accredited by the North Central Association and The Higher Learning Commission. FSU is a member of the NCAA Division II and the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletics Conference. Fairmont State University has active student involvement with more than 80 clubs, organizations, student publications, honoraries, sororities, fraternities and intramural sports.

Fairmont State University shares a main campus and other facilities with its sister institution, Pierpont Community & Technical College, which has a for-credit enrollment of 3,000. This partnership allows the University and Community College to better serve their student populations.

At Fairmont State University, you'll find:

  • Outstanding, friendly colleagues who genuinely care about students’ success.
  • A safe and active campus.
  • Opportunity to lead a dynamic and growing academic community that is making significant contributions to the higher education of West Virginians and becoming more visible on the national and international stage.
  • Room to grow through professional development, research and community service opportunities.

Core values and mission statement
In its overarching desire to help transform lives, Fairmont State University values scholarship, opportunity, achievement and responsibility.

The mission of Fairmont State University is to provide opportunities for individuals to achieve their professional and personal goals and discover roles for responsible citizenship that promote the common good.