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Inauguration of Ericke Cage as President of WVSU

Presidential Inauguration

Ericke S. Cage, J.D., LL.M., will be formally inaugurated as the 13th president of West Virginia State University on Thursday, April 13, 2023, in an investiture ceremony taking place in the P. Ahmed Williams Auditorium of Ferrell Hall. A reception will be held inside the Walker Convocation Center immediately following the investiture ceremony. 

Details on additional activities surrounding this historic occassion will be added soon.

Ericke S. Cage is the 13th president of West Virginia State University. He was unanimously selected for the position on March 31, 2022, by the WVSU Board of Governors, having served the university previously since September 2021 as interim president.

A native of Halifax County, Virginia, Cage joined the university in July 2021 as vice president and chief of staff and was subsequently appointed by the Board as the university’s chief operating officer on July 30, 2021 with responsibility for managing the day-to-day operations of the university. Since assuming the leadership of West Virginia State University, Cage has prioritized institutional stabilization and operational optimization, renewal of the “state spirit,” the development and expansion of high demand academic programs, and the cultivation of a diverse range of internal and external relationships to support WVSU’s forward momentum and growth.

Prior to joining WVSU, Cage most recently served as executive advisor to the president and Board of Visitors at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia – where as a member of the university’s executive management team he served as principal advisor to the university president and board of visitors on matters related to institutional policy making, governance, government relations, and university ombudsman. Cage also served as speechwriter for Norfolk State’s presidents and board chairs.

While at Norfolk State University, Cage led the university’s 2019-2025 strategic plan committee, served as the chief architect of the university’s 2019-2020 self-assessment, and modernized the university’s policymaking process to improve decision making and compliance. As a former education lobbyist, Cage was instrumental in expanding Norfolk State’s presence and impact on Capitol Hill and before the Virginia General Assembly. He directly supported outreach efforts that helped Norfolk State secure the largest state appropriation in the history of the university. While at Norfolk State, Cage also authored a successful $2.7 million grant proposal to support student access, retention, and completion. As the principal advisor and speechwriter to Norfolk State’s presidents and governing board chairs, Cage played a pivotal role in developing the institution’s strategic priorities and crafting the narratives that helped to move these priorities forward. As university ombudsman, he advanced a culture of care and inclusion at Norfolk State by serving as a confidential resource for employees as they worked through issues of conflict and challenge.

Prior to joining Norfolk State University, Cage served as director of government affairs for Teach for America, and also served as state policy and research director for the Obama-Biden 2012 reelection campaign. Cage served as legislative counsel for U.S. Congressman Tom Perriello, where he managed a legislative portfolio that included federal education, healthcare, defense, and veterans affairs policy.  Cage also served as a law clerk for the U.S. Department of Defense, and a legislative fellow for the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs. He also served as a congressional fellow in the office of U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison. During law school, he completed summer legal placements in the New York City Law Department’s Special Litigation Unit and at Prudential Financial Corporation. Cage began his professional career as a high school government teacher in his hometown of Halifax County, Virginia, where he was recognized as teacher of the year by the senior class in 2004.

Cage is a graduate of Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in leadership studies. He holds a juris doctorate from the Rutgers University Law School, where he served as an Associate Editor of the Women’s Rights Law Reporter, Associate Editor of the Rutgers Business Law Journal, Member of the Rutgers Moot Court Board, and Third Circuit Governor of the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division. Cage holds a masters of law degree in litigation and dispute resolution from the George Washington University Law School. He is also a graduate of the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College and the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.

Cage currently serves on the boards of the Mountain East Conference, the West Virginia State University Research and Development Corporation, and the West Virginia State University Foundation. He is a past board member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Alumni Association and the U.S. Selective Service System (local board). Cage is an active member of the Rotary Club of Charleston, West Virginia.

Monday, April 10

Economic Development Announcement
1 p.m.
Kanawha Banking & Trust Building, 107 Capitol St., Charleston

WVSU President Ericke Cage, Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin and other local officials will join at 1 p.m. at The Kanawha Banking & Trust Building at 107 Capitol St. in downtown Charleston as the university announces its plans for a new downtown Charleston center. 

Wednesday, April 12

Ceremonial Tree Planting
10 a.m. 
WVSU President's House 

Thursday, April 13

Investiture Ceremony
10 a.m. 
P. A. Williams Auditorium, Ferrell Hall

Public Reception
Immediately following the Investiture Ceremony
Walker Convocation Center

Presidential Inauguration Dinner at Berry Hills featuring special musical guest, The Hamiltones, aka The Ton3s.
Tickets sold exclusively online at connect.wvstateu.edu/events/inauguration.
Limited number of tickets available.

Friday, April 14

Black & Gold Gala
6 p.m.
Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center
Tickets available online at connect.wvstateu.edu/gala


A block of rooms has been reserved for guests at a discounted rate at the following hotels: 

Charleston Marriott Town Center

200 Lee Street East, Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 345-6500

Special room rate: $125.00/night + 13% applicable state and local taxes
Rate includes breakfast for 2 guests and overnight parking in hotel garage.

Marriott reservations at 1 (800) 228-9290 or (304) 345-6500.

Mention: WVSU Black & Gold Gala

Cut–off date before Monday, March 23, 2023


Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston

300 Court Street, Charleston, WV 25301-1607
(304) 347-8700

Special room rate: $139.00/night + 13% applicable state and local taxes
Rate includes breakfast for 2 guests and overnight parking in hotel garage.

Mention: WVSU Inauguration

Cut–off date before Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Yeager Airport (CRW) in Charleston, West Virginia, is located approximately 10 miles from campus and just a few miles from downtown Charleston. A variety of airlines provide service to and from Yeager Airport. Please visit the airport's website at www.yeagerairport.com for additional information.
WVSU Campus Map
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A Special Opportunity to Honor President Cage

President Ericke S. Cage has brought to West Virginia State University a compelling vision, boundless energy and an unwavering commitment to creating the best possible opportunities for students. As we celebrate President Cage’s inauguration as the Thirteenth President of West Virginia State University, I invite you to make a gift to the WVSU Foundation in his honor.

You may make a gift online at https://connect.wvstateu.edu/inauguration/give-now
call me at (304) 766-3021 or mail your check to: 

Presidential Inauguration Gift 
WVSU Foundation, 100 Barron Drive 
P.O. Box 1000, Institute, WV 25112-1000 

Thank you for providing vital assistance to WVSU as we honor this dedicated leader.


Patricia Schumann

Patricia J. Schumann
President, WVSU Foundation
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