Joan Neff Is the New Leader of the West Virginia Institute of Technology

Joan Neff is the new interim president of the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Beckley, West Virginia. Dr. Neff was appointed provost at the university campus this past spring and she will continue to serve in that role.

The campus, in the south-central part of the state, enrolls about 1,350 students, according to the latest U.S. Department of Education data. Women are 44 percent of the student body.

“I am honored to serve as interim campus president at WVU Tech,” said Dr. Neff. “My values are deeply aligned with the mission and vision of the institution to provide students with an excellent undergraduate education. I am committed to ensuring its sustainability and continuing its growth going forward. As I work with our faculty and staff as campus provost and interim president, I will continue to promote the goal of making Tech the best possible choice for our students.”

Before coming to the West Virginia University Institute of Technology, Dr. Neff had been serving as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Earlier, she served on the faculty at the University of Richmond for more than 30 years.

Dr. Neff is a graduate of the University of Delaware. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from Ohio State University.

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