A new chapter will begin for West Virginia University’s Center for Black Culture and Research as longtime director Marjorie Fuller prepares to retire.
Fuller, a Wheeling native, came to WVU in 2008 to lead the CBC&R which was established in 1987 to provide educational, cultural and social support for students, faculty, staff and community members.
During her tenure, the Center has sponsored the student chapter of NAACP, launched a Black Film Festival and funded students’ attendance at the National Association for Black Culture Center’s annual conference. Fuller also served as president of the NABCC from 2018-2020.
Fuller has also taught courses in Women’s and Gender Studies, English and Native American Studies such as African American Literature, The Black Woman and Black Indians. From 2013-2016, she was a resident faculty leader for Arnold Hall, hosting students to have conversations about race and culture, and encouraging them to get involved with the Center and other offices on campus.
“Marjorie has been a remarkable leader, and she’s mentored and supported countless students along the way during her time here at WVU,” Dean of Students Corey Farris said.
The CBC&R hosts WVU’s annual MLK Breakfast and each year also awards The MLK Scholarship, The Horace and Geraldine Belmear Scholarship, and the Victorine Lewistall Monroe Scholarship. The Center has also awarded thousands in book scholarships to Black students on campus.
The Center also created initiatives such as CBC&R Research Study Tour, the Sisterhood Coalition, The Black Queer Student Coalition and The Brotherhood Coalition; sponsors the Academic STARS Program, organizes numerous speaker opportunities, and hosts events including the Belmear Welcome Back BBCue, Homecoming Tailgate and an annual Kwanzaa program, among other activities.
“Being the director of the Center has been an absolute honor,” Fuller said. “I’ve cultivated lifelong relationships with students, faculty, staff and members of the broader Morgantown community that I will always cherish. Being a Black woman in higher education administration is challenging for most, but working in service to Black people and students seeking to expand their understanding of the Black experience is a privilege I’ll never take for granted. I’m excited to help usher in the next leader of the CBC&R and will always support the Center and the WVU community.”
The University will engage the campus community in the search process for a new director which is set to begin this fall.
Fuller’s retirement, effective June 30, 2023, is among several staff changes announced recently in the Division of Student Life.
Kim Mosby, senior associate dean, will retire June 30 after more than 40 years of developing programs and launching initiatives to engage, support and enrich the lives of WVU students. Currently, she oversees Campus and Community Life, is the student advocate, CARE Team chair and administers the Betty Boyd Loan Fund and the Kenneth and Carolyn Gray Emergency Grant Fund. During her tenure, she has overseen off-campus housing, commuter freshman programs, non-traditional student programs, judicial programs and crisis response.
“Kim’s commitment to improving the student experience at WVU is an outstanding example of the influence a student life professional has on an institution,” Farris said.
Madison Fleck Cook began her new role as director of student media on May 31, overseeing The Daily Athenaeum, U-92 “The Moose” and Prospect and Price Creative, all independent, student-run organizations.
“I’m excited to work with students in an applied practice setting which I’ve been doing as an adjunct teacher at the Missouri School of Journalism,” Cook said. “I believe that my teaching and reporting skills will serve WVU students well, preparing them to embark on their careers. Returning to my home state and WVU is an amazing opportunity.”
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