Known as “America’s Job Search Guru,” internationally acclaimed author and speaker Donald Asher is coming to West Virginia University.

Asher will speak to students in the WVU McNair Scholars Program, and any students who are interested, on Thursday, Sept. 9 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Gold Ballroom of the Mountainlair.

“This will be Mr. Asher’s first visit to Morgantown and WVU and we are extremely excited and honored to have him,” said Betty Mei, assistant director of the WVU McNair Scholars Program. “He is an extremely dynamic speaker and an authority on the graduate school admission process. Our students should benefit greatly from hearing what he has to say.”

He will speak to students about writing a personal statement, resume and other things surrounding the graduate school admissions process.

Specializing in professional development and higher education, Asher is the author of 11 books. He has been published in The Wall Street Journal’s online edition,, USAirways Magazine, The San Francisco Examiner and The Los Angeles Times’ career development web pages.

He is a frequent guest on television and radio, and speaks at more than 100 venues each year.

The event is sponsored by the WVU’s Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. It is free and open to all students.

The McNair Scholars Program is designed to help undergraduate, low-income, first-generation or underrepresented college students earn doctoral degrees.

For more information on the program or to download an application, visit



CONTACT: Betty Mei, McNair Scholars Program