WVSU Names Interim Vice Presidents


WVSU Names Interim Vice Presidents

President Hemphill names Simon, McCarthy and Tyree to Key Leadership Roles


  Donna Simon              Katherine McCarthy                 Lew Tyree

INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- Just days into his role as President of West Virginia State University, Dr. Brian O. Hemphill is establishing a diverse leadership team to carry out his robust vision for enhancing student enrollment and degree completion, applied research initiatives, university communication, and improvements to the physical and technological infrastructures.

Joining the University July 12 are Dr. Donna M. Simon, interim vice president for University Relations and Operations, and chief of staff; Ms. Katherine McCarthy, interim vice president for Enrollment and Student Affairs; and Mr. Lew G. Tyree, interim vice president for University Advancement.

“We have a strong foundation in place,” Hemphill said. “These new members of the team will join established campus leaders as we focus on redefining and achieving excellence in several key areas in order to advance State as an institution of distinction to serve our students and partners in West Virginia, across the U.S. and internationally.”

Simon comes to WVSU from Arizona Public Service (APS) where she served as senior communications representative and nuclear training instructor.  “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners of West Virginia State University,” said Simon. “Dr. Hemphill’s vision for State and his collaborative leadership style provide the perfect platform for me to join a veteran faculty and staff committed to attaining exciting new heights for the University and its constituents.”

Before joining APS, Simon taught Leadership for the Master of Administration program at Northern Arizona University; served as project manager and director of Advising and Recruitment for Paradise Valley Community College; associate vice president for Student Affairs at Northern Illinois University; associate dean of students / director of First Year Experience at University of Arkansas; and executive director for Academic and Career Development at Concordia University, Irvine. Prior to her service in higher education, Simon led public relations teams for corporations in California and the Pacific Northwest.

Simon earned a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University, a Master of Arts in Communication at California State University, Northridge, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations / Journalism at Western Washington University.

“Dr. Simon’s strengths in the areas of marketing communication, strategic planning, assessment and benchmarking will be strong contributions in accomplishing the mission and vision of WVSU,” said Hemphill.

Katherine (Kitty) McCarthy comes to WVSU from Northern Illinois University (NIU) where she served as associate vice president for Enrollment Management, overseeing Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Orientation & First-Year Experience.

Prior to NIU, McCarthy worked at the State University of New York (SUNY) as assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Marketing where she managed the Recruitment Response Center, the Center for Student Recruitment and university events. McCarthy brings significant experience establishing strong recruitment Web sites and publications for prospective students.

Before joining SUNY, McCarthy served as director of Admissions at Alfred University and Siena College in New York, and in Admissions and Marketing at the University of Rochester.

McCarthy earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Alfred University in New York and a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing, from Syracuse University. She has been active in professional organizations including NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education), NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling), The College Board, and the American Marketing Association.

“Ms. McCarthy’s extensive enrollment experience will bring immediate value to the student recruitment efforts at WVSU and will enhance the focus on excellence in all areas of student service,” stated Hemphill.

Also joining the WVSU leadership team is Mr. Lew G. Tyree, who brings a lifelong commitment to local public and private community boards including Highland Hospital, Kanawha County Library Board, West Virginia Human Rights Commission, Keep a Child in School, and West Virginia Rehabilitation Board of Trustees. His dedication to human service includes a 30-year career that involved the West Virginia Housing Development Fund.

“These industry-leading professionals bring a unique array of skills that will enhance the established strengths and expertise of the current leadership team,” said Hemphill. “On behalf of the University, I am pleased to welcome Donna, Kitty, and Lew to the State family,” he added.


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