Wheeling Jesuit University Names New Alumni Relations Director

Wheeling Jesuit University has named Ohio Valley native Shannon Payton as its new director of alumni relations.

Payton will lead the university’s 10,000-plus alumni, providing guidance and leadership for alumni chapter events, the 50-Year Club and Alumni Council, as well as organizing and executing Wheeling Jesuit’s annual Alumni Weekend.

Payton’s ties to Wheeling Jesuit run deep. Her grandfather, Carson Bryan, was a member of the university’s first graduating class.

“My first introduction to Wheeling Jesuit was through my grandfather. I grew up hearing stories about the university,” Payton said. “He taught me what a special place it is, and thanks to my grandfather, I am lucky to have a great deal of historical knowledge about WJU. I am very excited to be the alumni director and look forward to meeting and work with the alumni and current students.”

For the past 10 years, Payton served as director of student activities at West Virginia Northern Community College. In her role at WVNCC, she planned, directed, marketed and implemented student activities at the college’s three campuses in Wheeling, Weirton and New Martinsville.

“Shannon brings a wealth of experience in event coordination and marketing that will help us broaden our alumni efforts at Wheeling Jesuit. I know she will be a great asset and leader of our alumni association. All of us at WJU welcome Shannon and look forward to working with her,” said Mark Phillips, WJU chief of staff.

Wheeling Jesuit Alumni Council President Pat Gannon said, “Shannon’s family connection to the university has instilled in her a deep appreciation for WJU. The members of the Alumni Council welcome her to the Wheeling Jesuit family and are excited to with her to chart a new path for the alumni association.”

Payton, a resident of Dallas, W.Va., is a graduate of West Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in education. She recently completed a master’s in organizational leadership from West Liberty University.

Payton and her husband, Jason, are the parents of two daughters, Addison and Kendall.

Payton replaces Kelly Klubert, who assumed the role of director of communications and conference services for WJU last year.

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