West Virginia University President Gordon Gee recently spread his message of ‘One West Virginia’ at one of the biggest events of the year – the 90th annual State Fair of West Virginia in Greenbrier County.
As summer nears its end, Gee is wrapping up his 55-county West Virginia tour, an initiative in which he wants to convince the state’s residents that WVU is “their university.”
And despite the three-and-a-half driving hours between Morgantown and Fairlea, fairgoers resonated with Gee’s message. Batches of folks decked out in gold-and-blue wandered the fairgrounds and many University supporters stopped to chat with the president or take photos with him.
See where President Gee has been in West Virginia here.
“It is clear that the people of West Virginia love West Virginia, and they love West Virginia University,” he said.
At the Governor’s Day luncheon, Gee met with public officials including Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant; state Board of Education President Gayle Manchin; state Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick; and numerous legislators.
“This stop reinforced the importance of agriculture, education and our Extension offices in our great state,” Gee said.
Click below to hear the WVUToday radio spot about the 55-county tour.
Of course, a trip to the State Fair wouldn’t be complete without chowing down on hot, fresh Ben-Ellen donuts, or hopping onto a tractor.
Enjoy highlights from this trip in this latest video. You can also read Gee’s blog and view photos from his trip here.
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