Five graduates of the Eberly Colleges School of Applied Social Sciences are among West Virginias young leaders who were named to The State Journals recentGeneration Next: 40 Under 40listing.

The recognition by the newspaper that covers business, government and legal issues in the Mountain State is annually given to 40 West Virginians under the age of 40 who are playing leadership roles in their communities.

WVU s40 under 40names: Kevin Stead, JohnJayRogers III , Willis McCollam, Eric Fitts and Colleen Buck Fitts.

Stead, Rogers and McCollum earned Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degrees; and Eric Fitts will graduate with his MPA in May. Colleen Buck Fitts, who is married to Eric Fitts, will earn a Masters of Social Work (MSW) in May.

Eric and Colleen Fitts are advisory board members for Bethlehem Farm, a nonprofit Catholic organization that serves the local community in Pence Springs. Both will become full-time staffers after graduation

McCollam is director of the Youthbuild program at the Randolph County Housing Authority. He is also chairman of the Workforce Center and Management Partner Consortium and a member of Americas Promise Coalition. Hes also on the board of directors for the local Old Brick Playhouse.

Rogers is director of planning and development for the City of Fairmont. He formerly served as a member of the Region 8 Planning and Development Council in the Potomac Highlands. He is also a member of the West Virginia and American planning associations, the West Virginia Economic Development Council and the Interstate 79 Development Council.

Stead is city manager of the City of Grafton. He is a member of the Taylor County Arts Council and Masonic Lodge 15. Stead is a board member of the Mothers Day Shrine and a member of the Taylor County Photography Club. Hes also pursuing a real estate license.

The School of Applied Social Sciences is in WVU s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. It houses the divisions of Public Administration, Social Work and Sociology and Anthropology.

Nominations were accepted from across the state.