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“Fairmont STATE is THE BEST REgional University IN WEST Virginia.”

While it may be a bold goal, it’s not audacious. We are blessed with strong academic programs (many of them the only ones of their kind in the state), expert and caring teacher-mentors, a dedicated staff who passionately pursue a shared purpose, one of the lowest tuition rates in the region, a redesigned and generous suite of scholarships, and facilities like the Falcon Center you simply can’t find in other schools our size. There are infinite ways to define “best,” but for us, it revolves around the students who learn here, the professionals who work here, and the communities we interact with and impact.

Being “best” doesn’t mean “being biggest,” or “being the most exclusive.” It means providing the best regional university experience for students, from the day they accept their invitation to enroll here, to graduation and beyond. It means creating a work environment where faculty, staff, and administration feel valued and eagerly approach each day with optimism and a shared commitment. It means being true partners with Fairmont and other local communities, so that our successes become their successes, and we help these communities reach their own potentials.

We invite you to explore the President’s Vision, and discover the future Dr. Mike Davis has in mind for Fairmont State University, the students who study here, the education professionals who work here, and the surrounding communities.

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A Great Place to Learn

First and foremost, Fairmont State has to become the top of mind choice for students who not only want a degree that helps them achieve their goals, but who also crave a great college experience. We aim to be the school for students who don’t want to get lost in the crowd of a large university, or don’t wish to face a lifetime of student loan debt. Our size is our strength, and that agility allows us to use our resources to strengthen every academic program so that those programs can create truly transformative experiences for their students. We will build on our robust suite of student services, and we will also create a campus experience that is highly residential, high-touch, and dynamic. Graduates will leave Fairmont State with unbreakable bonds that last a lifetime, and become alumni that show their love for Fairmont State in giving and other actions.

A Great Place to Work

A great career is more than a paycheck—it provides intrinsic rewards that inspire. In fact, those intrinsic aspects—things like ‘purpose,’ and ‘meaning,’ and ‘feeling valued’—can be as important as the pay and benefits a job might offer. We want everyone who works here to feel their impact on our students and our communities, and know in their hearts that what they do matters.

We have a wealth of talent in our faculty, staff, and administrative ranks, and we will continue to attract the best and brightest to Fairmont State (if you think that describes you, check out our current job openings). We’ll look for synergies among academic programs and administrative units, and empower every single employee to become the best versions of their professional selves.

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A Great Place to Call Home

We love Fairmont, Marion and Harrison Counties, and West Virginia, and we’re proud to call this place ‘home.’ We feel a strong ‘stewardship of place’—that in addition to educating students, we should contribute to upward mobility, regional prosperity, and civic health. In the process, we will emphasize the region’s unique traditions, history, and geography.

We also want to strengthen relationships with local citizens. Everybody is welcomed on campus, whether they’re attending an athletic event, a community arts event, stopping by the Falcon Center, or visiting the Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center.

Finally, we aim to help transform Fairmont from a ‘town with a college’ back into a ‘college town,’ with a renewed economic vigor, a spirit of optimism, and a shared feeling of pride.

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Fairmont State University Assistant to the President and Board of Governors Cheryl Lewis speaks with Fairmont State President Dr. Mike Davis on campus at Hardway Hall.
Jun 10, 2024

Just over a year ago, the Fairmont State University Board of Governors hired Dr. Mike Davis as the university’s new president, and with the 2023-24 academic year now over, he’s optimistic about Fairmont State’s future.

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Jun 06, 2024

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May 06, 2024

As I have settled in at Fairmont State University one this has become abundant clear to me – the moment of the regional public university is upon us. What students, communities, employers, and external partners want now more than ever are genuine education partners who are nimble, innovative and prepared to meet the challenges that lie in front of us. The regional public university, generally, and Fairmont State University, specifically, are up to the challenge.

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President Davis's office hours give students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to meet and discuss a wide variety of subjects regarding Fairmont State. To ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to speak with the President, meetings will be limited to 10 minutes and first time registrations will have priority. Requests should be submitted at least one week ahead of time for scheduling purposes.

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