West Virginia University will host an open house reception for C. Peter Magrath from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at Stewart Hall in recognition of his leadership and service this past year as West Virginia Universitys interim president.

The reception is open to the WVU and Greater Morgantown communities and will include a short program at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Peter has made it clear from his first day on campus that he came to West Virginia because he believed in WVU and its land-grant mission,event organizers say.But since then, he has said many times that he soon fell in love with this place we all care for so deeply.

His service may be for just one year, but Magraths impact will be felt for years to come, say his many friends and colleagues.

He has raised WVU s profile as a 21st-century, engaged land-grant institution, increased the Universitys research profile, reestablished an agreement between the two local hospitals to offer a joint open-heart surgery program, worked to integrate the health care enterprise, supported private giving efforts and commissioned an external audit and action plan to improve University-wide record-keeping practices, among other highlights.

Serving WVU brings to four the number of public universities Magrath has ledamong them the University of Minnesota, the University of Missouri and the State University of New York at Binghamton.

President-elect James P. Clements will become WVU s 23rd president June 30, replacing Magrath, who has served as WVU s interim president since Aug. 1, 2008.