The director of the Morgantown Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners has been named associate director of campus recreation at West Virginia University.

Jeff L. Berryman will oversee eight major programs included in campus recreation: intramural sports, club sports, fitness, wellness, informal recreation, special events, summer programs and the Crafts Center. He will begin Oct. 23.

“Were really excited about having Jeff join our campus recreation staff,”said Dave Taylor, director of the Student Recreation Center.”Hes a high-energy, creative and visionary leader and has extensive programming and facilities experience. Were looking forward to having him on our team as we prepare to open the new Student Recreation Center.”

Berryman said he looks forward to the challenges in his new job.

“I am very pleased with this new opportunity,”he said.”My 21 years with the city of Morgantown and BOPARC have been exciting, and I anticipate the new challenges with WVU to be equally rewarding.”

Berryman joined BOPARC in 1979 as superintendent of revenue facilities and became director in 1988. Before that, he was director of the Greene County (Pa.) Youth Activities, golf course manager for the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation and an employee of the Wheeling Park Commission.

He is a member of the National Recreation and Parks Association and was state president in 1990-91 and 1998-2000. He is also active in the Morgantown community, serving on the boards of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and Stepping Stones and Special Olympics Games Management Team.

He has a bachelors degree in recreation resource management and a masters degree in sports management, both from WVU .

Berryman lives in Morgantown with his wife, Joyce, and two children, Claire and Tyler.

The $34 million Student Recreation Center, where many of the campus recreation programs will be housed, is scheduled to be completed in April 2001. The 170,000-square-foot facility will feature seven basketball courts; three racquetball courts; a squash court; a 17,000-square-foot weight/fitness area on two levels; three large multipurpose rooms; a three_story climbing wall; an aquatics area with lap pool, leisure pool and cloverleaf hot tub; an elevated three-lane jogging/walking track; a wellness center; an outdoor pursuits area; and a food vendor.