President Mirta Martin gave her inaugural State of the Institution address on January 10 and set three goals before the gathered faculty and staff: increase enrollment; retention; and fundraising.
With roots reaching back to the formation of public education in West Virginia, the institution now known as Fairmont State University has been led by distinguished principals and presidents.
Fairmont State’s Interim President Maria C. Bennett Rose always knew she would be a teacher, but she never dreamed of becoming the president of a university, let alone her alma mater.
"Growing up I always wanted to be a teacher. I was one of those kids who played school," Dr. Rose shared. "Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would someday be sitting here."