West Virginia University’s long-time special assistant in Charleston, Bill Ryczaj, has announced his retirement, effective June 30. Ryczaj has been a key contact in the public schools and with alumni and friends in the Kanawha Valley and throughout southern West Virginia. He joined WVU under the Hardesty administration in 2001, and had most recently worked for the University Relations Division under former Vice President Chris Martin.

“We want to thank Bill for his 12 years of loyal and dedicated service to West Virginia University,” said colleagues Tricia Petty and Becky Lofstead. “Bill bleeds gold and blue and has served our University with class and professionalism. We wish him well in his retirement.”

A WVU graduate, Ryczaj was an outstanding forward on the Mountaineer basketball team in the 1960s, and served as captain in 1966. He also coached at the high school and college level, including under former WVU Head Coach Jody Gardner in the 1970s. He also spent 20 years in business sales before returning to his alma mater.



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