• Administration

    The University of Charleston is an independent, co-educational residential university with two principal locations in West Virginia – a main campus in the state capital of Charleston and a second campus in Beckley. The University also has a strong online program. Student enrollment is approximately 2,300 representing 41 different states and 41 countries.

    The University of Charleston offers a performance-based curriculum that is focused on specific outcomes, determined to be essential abilities every student should have for a lifetime of learning and opportunity. The Liberal Learning Outcomes – critical thinking, communication, citizenship, creativity, involvement, ethical practice and inquiry – are embedded in all UC programs to help students understand and apply how coursework relates to the real world, the student and lifelong career building. As University of Charleston President Edwin Welch states, “UC graduates should be the people who make the world a better place.”

    Undergraduate degree programs are available in business, health sciences and arts and sciences. Masters programs are available in business, forensic accounting, strategic leadership and physician assistant, and UC offers doctorates of pharmacy and executive leadership. There are over 100 courses available online as well. Many programs provide advanced, unique professional development opportunities including internships, campus speakers and other events, and mentoring.

    UC has been named as a military friendly school for five consecutive years, and regularly ranks as a top regional college by both U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review. Student athletes make up a large portion of the UC population. It boasts 23 Division II varsity athletic teams, and the men’s soccer team finished as the national runner-up in Fall 2014.

    The University’s locations provide opportunities for entertainment, shopping and outdoor activities such as skiing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and more.

    In April 2015, the University broke ground for its latest building project, the Martha and Russell Wehrle Innovation Center. The Innovation Center will be the hub for all student innovation activities and a modern venue for sporting events.

  • Presidents, Vice Presidents and Cabinet Members

    Dr. Welch Dr. Edwin H. Welch

    (1989 – present)
    B.A., Western Maryland College
    S.T.B., Boston University School of Theology
    Ph.D., Boston University Graduate School


    Dr. Jerry Foster Dr. Jerry Forster
    Regional President and Chief of Staff

    (2013 – present)
    B.S., University of Charleston
    M.S., Marshall University
    Ph.D., Vanderbilt University


    Dr. Kim Spiezio Dr. Kim Spiezio
    Executive Vice President and Provost

    (2017 – present)
    Ph.D. Binghamton University


    Cleta Harless Cleta M. Harless
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    (2001 – present)
    B.A., B.S., Marshall University
    M.B.A., West Virginia University


    Bren Stevens Dr. Bren Stevens
    Director of Athletics

    (1993 – present)
    BA in Physical Education and Health-Teaching Certification K-12-University of Charleston
    MS in Exercise Physiology-Marshall University
    PhD in Education Administration-Lacrosse University


    Joan Clark - Executive Vice President and Chief Admissions and Marketing Officer Joan Clark
    Executive Vice President and Chief Admissions and Marketing Officer

    (1986 – present)
    Served as professor in university’s radiologic science department for 25 years and chaired the department for 7 years.
    B.S., Siena Heights University
    M.S., University of Charleston


    Deborah Morris Deborah Morris
    Vice President for University Development

    (2015 – present)
    B.S., West Virginia University
    M.B.A., Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio


    Virginia Moore - Dean of Students Virginia Moore
    Dean of Students

    Student Leadership & Engagement