Excel in research, creative activity, and innovation in all disciplines.


  • Increase scholarly activity and research that addresses the challenges faced by the state of West Virginia, the nation, and the world.
  • Improve and expand graduate education and strengthen its connection to the University’s research enterprise.
  • Encourage interdisciplinary activity in research, scholarship, and creativity.


  1. Establish an effective research infrastructure that facilitates the pursuit of research, and links research with education, global engagement, and economic development throughout the state.
  2. Invest in the hiring and retention of high-quality faculty and research staff who are committed to research success, and mentor staff and faculty to a high level of achievement.