Wheeling Park High School Grad Named West Virginia University Student Body President


Wheeling Park High School graduate Blake Humphrey is putting an exclamation point on his undergraduate studies at West Virginia University.

The Wheeling resident on Wednesday was sworn in as WVU’s 100th student body president. His vice president is Shannon Smith, a junior strategic communications major from Pittsburgh.

Humphrey, a senior at WVU, is double majoring in political science and economics. He said he’s excited for what’s to come in his new leadership role.

“I am honored by the opportunity to serve, and ready to get right to work. West Virginia University — and, for that matter, our state — are at a pivotal point, and Shannon and I will fight tirelessly to ensure that we invest in West Virginia’s university to help the next generation of Mountaineers,” Humphrey said. “I take this office with great respect for the 99 student body presidents that came before me, and with immense respect for the students who placed their trust in me to be their voice.”

An election was held at various locations across campus March 22-23. The winners were announced Friday in the Mountainlair.

WVU’s Student Government Association consists of a president, vice president, 13 student senators and two athletic senators.

“We will get right to work to help make sure that every voice is a part of the conversation so that every voice can be a part of the solution. We need bold leadership and action, and we need it right now,” Humphrey said. “So, let’s get to work.”

Humphrey is a 2014 Wheeling Park graduate. While there, he served as senior class president and was named a student representative in fall 2013. There, had the opportunity to suggest to members how high school dropout rates could be curtailed.

Humphrey also has been a congressional intern, and has worked on local political campaigns.