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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. 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.

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The President's Vision

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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.

Read More about President Davis’ Vision


Presidential CommunicationView More

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Jul 08, 2024

It’s a year in review as we take a look back at President Davis’ first year at Fairmont State University.

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