WVU Alumni Association President, CEO To Step Down

MORGANTOWN – The West Virginia University Alumni Association’s President and CEO will leave his post at the end of the academic year to focus on a new mission.

Col. Sean Frisbee, USAF (Ret.), who also is vice president for alumni relations, will leave office on June 30, 2021, after more than five years in the position to shift his focus toward economic development in West Virginia.

He said he wants to use the partnerships he built in his role at the association along with his background in aerospace engineering and research and development in the U.S. military to help with job growth and economic expansion in the state.

“The time is ripe for West Virginia to play a more significant role in the federal defense marketplace by accelerating innovation and developing technology and solutions through strategic partnerships with government, industry and academia,” Frisbee said.

“I’m eager to capitalize on my experience to give back and be part of that future.”

Since Frisbee stepped into the role of president and CEO, the WVU Alumni Association designed the Mountaineer Alliance professional network and the 1873 Society to engage former members of the association’s board of directors.

It reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, built the Tower Society to steward relationships with donors and friends, launched the WVU Alumni app and established the WVU Connect virtual network, among other accomplishments.

Bill Beynon, chair of the WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors, lauded Frisbee’s leadership and accomplishments during his tenure.

“In the last five years, Sean led us through a modernization period where we significantly increased our support of alumni and students of West Virginia University and established the core programs and capability needed for our next phase of growth,” Beynon said.

Beynon added that the association will carefully evaluate the next steps for the association’s leadership structure.

The board will work with association chief operating officer Kevin Berry, and senior association staff as it moves forward.


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