Olivia McCuskey was born and raised in West Virginia, growing up in St. Albans. She graduated from Nitro High School and went on to play basketball at Ohio University, where she graduated with a degree in Anthropology and History. Following graduation, Olivia returned to West Virginia and began working with Inspire West Virginia. She has been working for Inspire for almost 3 years, and has expanded the program throughout the state ever since. Inspire West Virginia is one state in the national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization Inspire U.S., whose goal is to transform young leaders inspiration into action that improves our communities and strengthens our democracy.
Dr. E. Gordon Gee is one of America’s most prominent higher education leaders, having served as president of some of the most prestigious public and private universities for more than three decades.
When he returned to lead West Virginia University in 2014 as the institution’s 24th president, it was a homecoming of sorts. He was first named WVU president in 1981 at age 36 – at the time, among the youngest persons to ever serve as a university president.
He led WVU until 1985 when he went on to presidencies at the University of Colorado (1985-90), Brown University (1998-2000) and Vanderbilt University (2001-07). He served as president of The Ohio State University from 1990-97 and again from 2007-13.
On his return to the Morgantown campus, he said, “This is not a job to me; it is a calling.” His leadership style bears that out as he works tirelessly to advance the University’s land-grant
Major Chris Kinney currently serves with the WVARNG as part of the Special Operations Detachment – Europe. He began his career by enlisting in the Army in the fall of 1990. In 1991, he was admitted to the USMA Preparatory School and subsequently attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an infantry officer. During his active duty time, MAJ Kinney served as a rifle platoon leader, mortar platoon leader, company executive officer, adjutant, and assistant operations officer. He transferred to the WVARNG in 2002 and served a one-year tour in Iraq as an intelligence officer and battery commander. After a break in service MAJ Kinney returned to the WVARNG to serve with the state’s Officer Candidate School, which he commanded from 2011 to 2015. MAJ Kinney has been awarded the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman