West Virginia University Press is simultaneously releasing two books about the history of West Virginia University.

Aspiring to Greatness: West Virginia University since World War II chronicles the emergence of WVU as a major land-grant institution. As the only modern history of WVU, this book focuses on the historical developments that elevated WVU from a small regional institution to one of national prominence.

Written by Ronald L. Lewis, professor emeritus of history at WVU and Historian Laureate of the state of West Virginia, this text reaches into the archives of the President’s Office and makes exhaustive use of press accounts and interviews with key individuals to produce a detailed resource for alumni, friends, and supporters of WVU, as well as administrators and specialists in higher education. This book also includes an introduction by Charles M. Vest, president emeritus and professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a native of Morgantown and member of the WVU Board of Governors.

To complement the publication of this modern history, WVU Press is releasing a newly designed edition of the once out-of-print West Virginia University: Symbol of Unity in a Sectionalized State, written by William T. Doherty and Festus P. Summers. First published in 1982, this text details the history of WVU from its inception as the Agricultural College of West Virginia in 1867 to its expansion and development in the 1980s. This comprehensive history includes an index of people, places and events; photographs and illustrations; and in-depth descriptions of campuses, buildings, colleges, and academic and sports programs, as well as a new foreword by Charles C. Wise Jr.

Ronald L. Lewis served as department chair of WVU’s Department of History for six years and was the Eberly Family Professor of History and the Stuart and Joyce Robbins Chair in History. He is currently professor emeritus of history at WVU and Historian Laureate of West Virginia.

William T. Doherty, Jr., is professor of history emeritus at WVU, where he also served as University Historian.

Festus P. Summers, who died in 1971, began the work on this first comprehensive history of WVU, where he was the first University Historian and chair of the Department of History from 1946-1962.

To order these titles, visit http://www.wvupress.com, phone (800) 621-2736, or visit a local bookstore.

Aspiring to Greatness: West Virginia University since World War II
HC/J 978-1-938228-42-1: $39.99
ePub 978-1-938228-40-7: $39.99
PDF 978-1-938228-41-4: $39.99

West Virginia University: A Symbol of Unity in a Sectionalized State
HCJ 978-1-938228-37-7: $39.99
PDF 978-1-938228-39-1: $39.99

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