By Daniel Morgan, Advertising Manager
As West Liberty University prepares to welcome Dr. Stephen Greiner as its next president this month, the campus must yet again say goodbye to interim president Dr. John P. McCullough.
Dr. McCullough is no stranger to WLU as he has been an employee for 45 years. After serving as the executive assistant to the president, he was named interim president of the university for the third time in his career on March 11, 2015. His previous terms as interim president took place in 2001 and from 2005-2007.
McCullough’s efforts for the university include 11 years as provost and vice president of academic affairs, 15 years as the dean of the School of Business Administration, and many years as a professor teaching management. Residing in Triadelphia, W. Va., he is a native of Illinois, and he is a graduate of Illinois State University and the University of North Dakota.
“I know we have turned the corner, and now we’re on the right path, and when Dr. Greiner takes his position as president, that’s going to be very good for West Liberty University,” McCullough said in an article from Weelunk. “We are blessed with a very strong foundation of top-quality faculty and staff members, and we have a very strong alumni base, and we have expanding graduate program. I love West Liberty University and the people here. I wouldn’t have stayed here for 45 years if I did not believe in this institution and the people who make it what it is today.”
A much loved and respected employee, teacher, and friend, the WLU campus community has never been shy in showing admiration towards McCullough.
“We should all be grateful to have such a skilled leader who is passionate about serving the university,” WLU Student Government Association (SGA) president Allyson Ashworth said. “My experiences with Dr. McCullough have been nothing but positive. He loves representing West Liberty and always portrays it in a positive light. His reports to the Board of Governors are full of the successes of our faculty members and students, and his relationships in the greater community are superb. I’m thankful to have gotten to know Dr. McCullough and to experience his leadership. He truly has the best interests of West Liberty at heart.”
Evan Newman, former SGA president, had nothing but positive things to say about McCullough as well.
“I have an immense amount of respect and admiration for Dr. John McCullough,” Newman said. “He is the face that every campus desires but few are lucky enough to have. If he has met you once, he will remember your name and call you by it every time in passing. Even though it’s a small thing, it means the world to some.”
Passionate, hard-working, funny, and admirable are just some of the many kind words expressed by the individuals whom McCullough has touched over the span of his career at WLU. He has had an immense impact on the university and its students, faculty, and staff. On behalf of the Trumpet and West Liberty University, we thank Dr. McCullough for his dedication to education and wish him nothing but the best for all that lies ahead!