WEST LIBERTY - Though John P. McCullough retired as West Liberty University's provost Friday, the 40-year employee will now serve as special assistant to President Robin Capehart.
"During the past 40 years, it has been my good fortune to have been associated with many fine individuals, students, faculty, staff, administrators, coaches, alumni and benefactors who have contributed to the excellence in education that resides on the West Liberty campus," said Wheeling resident McCullough.
"I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the wonderful community and family that represents West Liberty University, a university that has created a world of opportunity for thousands of students," he added.
Although he is retiring from his position as provost, McCullough will serve as the special assistant to the president - a role that will allow him to provide insight to the overall strategic plan of the university.
"I'm very pleased to be able to continue to contribute to the strategic planning and implementation process at West Liberty in my new role as special assistant to President Capehart," said McCullough.
Capehart acknowledged McCullough for "going above what is expected" throughout his time with the university.
"He is truly beloved by his colleagues, WLU alumni and students, and his contributions have played a significant role in the success of this university," said Capehart.
As a tribute to McCullough, the university has established a prestigious giving society in his name.
"Major donors with a lifetime giving record of $25,000 or more will be members of the John P. McCullough Giving Society," said Angie Zambito, director of major gifts. "This is a way to acknowledge Dr. McCullough for his excellent years of service and dedication to the university," she added.
McCullough will continue to reside in Wheeling with his wife, Barbara, and plans to remain an active member of the Upper Ohio Valley community.
Anthony Koyzis will now serve the new provost for WLU. Koyzis previously served as the dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Longwood University, near Richmond, Va.