ALUMNI “WALL OF HONOR” The West Liberty University Alumni Board of Directors instituted a project in 1990 to demonstrate to current students, visitors, and friends that the college has some very successful graduates. This project, known as the “Alumni Wall of Honor,” is a dramatic way to honor some of the college’s most distinguished alumni and display pride in the accomplishments of its graduates. The concept was suggested by then Associate Professor of Physics Robert W. Schramm, who is a 1958 graduate of the college and a 2002 Alumni Wall of Honor inductee. The Alumni Wall of Honor is housed in the south end of the Union known as the Alumni Lounge.
Davie Jane GilmourInducted 2021
Gilmour earned an associate degree in dental hygiene and a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene education at West Liberty. She went on to earn both a master’s and doctoral degree in health education from Penn State.
She then joined the Pennsylvania College of Technology (affiliated with Penn State) in 1977 as an instructor and curriculum developer in the Dental Hygiene Program.
Advancing through the administrative ranks, she became president in 1998 and has guided the institution through a period of robust growth and dynamic innovation, while overseeing its development into a national leader in applied technology education.
She directed an expansion of the main campus including construction of a new main entrance, administrative building, expanded library and student housing. During her tenure, Penn College also increased its baccalaureate degree offerings and established its first graduate-level programs.
While she has served as president, Penn College’s state appropriation funding rose along with fundraising and student scholarship assistance. A recognized leader in apprenticeship development, she worked with business and industry to address skills-gap shortages in fields like manufacturing, health care, plastics and polymers and transportation.