West Virginia University officials learned this morning (April 21) of the passing of Stephen P. Goodwin, 62, WVU graduate (1969; 1972) and past chair of the WVU Board of Governors and WVU Alumni Association, and offered the following condolences:

“Steve Goodwin served his beloved alma mater proudly and in so many ways,” said WVU President James P. Clements. “He truly loved WVU and West Virginia, dedicating his life’s work to both. He was a respected and well-known attorney whose energy seemed to know no bounds. Above all, he adored his family. I want to extend my deepest sympathies to his wife Ellen, his children, his grandchildren, and his extended family during this extremely difficult time.”

“Today we lost a very loyal Mountaineer,” said Stephen L. Douglas, president and CEO of the WVU Alumni Association. “Steve Goodwin always commented that some of the most memorable times of his life occurred during his service on the WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors, where he served as its 100th president. He was a dedicated volunteer, a strong leader, a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and loyal supporter of our great University. The alumni family has very heavy hearts today. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ellen and the entire Goodwin family during this difficult time.”

“One thing is certain: Steve Goodwin truly loved this University and he served it unselfishly,” said WVU Board of Governors Chair Carolyn Long. “I appreciated his leadership and his kindness to me as a new BOG member and then as Board chair. He was my friend, and I am sad to lose someone who I admired and who did so much for this University.”