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Christopher Gilmer is a first-generation college graduate from a rural Mississippi sharecropping family, previously serving as executive director of Alcorn State University in Vicksburg, Mississippi before becoming the 17th president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Alcorn is the nation’s oldest public land-grant Historically Black University (HBCU).

He has spent most of his career in the HBCU system, also serving as vice president for Academic Affairs and Professor of English at Adams State University, the oldest Hispanic-Serving Institution in Colorado, and as an adjunct faculty member at two community colleges.

Dr. Gilmer serves as volunteer vice president for Academic and Sponsored Programs at Innovative Behavioral Services, Inc., a nonprofit for which he oversees fundraising for competitive grants.

Contact Information

Phone: 304.424.8351