WVU President E. Gordon Gee Visits Wheeling

Photo by Shelley Hanson West Virginia University President Gordon Gee, center, talks with WVU Alumni President Sean Frisbee, second from left, Tuesday at Oglebay Park. At left is Noah Doak, 17, and his parents Jeff and Carrie Doak, of Senecaville.

WHEELING — Prospective West Virginia University students and their parents got the chance to ask university President Gordon Gee “anything.”

Gee was in Wheeling at Oglebay’s Wilson Lodge on Tuesday as part of the final leg of his tour across the state talking to high school students interested in attending the school.

The Wheeling visit was called “Ask Us Anything.” As part of the event, he roamed the room and talked to the students and their parents about WVU.

Noah Doak, 17, of Senecaville attended the event with his parents, Carrie and Jeff Doak. He is a senior at Meadowbrook High School, and plans to attend WVU next fall. Carrie Doak said after visiting the campus, they all were impressed.

“The people were very friendly when we visited,” she said. “It was really a great atmosphere. It’s fun and has good studies.”

Noah Doak said he liked the campus and where his dormitory is located. He plans to major in international studies and global supply chain management. He also would like to become an officer in the Air Force in the future.

“Go Mountaineers!” he said.

George Maness, 18, a senior at Wheeling Park High School, came to the event with his parents, Susan and Terry Maness, and younger brother, Perry, who is a junior at Park.

George Maness said he decided to enroll at WVU after visiting the campus and talking with some of his future professors.

“It was a combination of it being relatively affordable and the chemistry program,” he said of his deciding factors to attend the university.

Perry Maness said he still is undecided as to where he will go to college, but he is leaning toward studying graphic art and design.

Wheeling resident Patrick Duffy and his wife Jane brought their son, Patrick, 18, who plans to attend WVU to study political science. He may also pursue a law degree, he said.