Professional & Graduate Staff
|| Larry Vallar
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Education:B.A. Business Administration, Minors in Insurance & Risk Management and Marketing, Olivet College
Home Town: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Favorite thing about WJU: Faculty engagement, they are always willing to assist our recruitment effort. Coaches, they are an integral part to the enrollment of students on campus. Look of the campus, our facilities team works hard to present a beautiful campus to our prospective students. The Jesuit community, who lead us to live the mission as St Ignatius inspired.
Favorite thing about your job: "Changing lives," making it possible for students to realize their post-secondary education aspirations. Also, working with my teammates and celebrating our successes and challenges together.
Advice for Students: I share several guiding statements, as these have helped me to become the person I am today..."Fear not change but embrace it." "Have the courage to go forward, never reward, but to also have reflection." "Pursue your dreams with intensity." Living out the value statements have kept me going thought the best and worst of times. I hope these reflections will inspire them to advance through college and life with the same vigor.
When I'm Not Working I'm Most likely: Golfing, cooking and fishing in my spare time.
|| Becky Forney
Director of Professional and Graduate Studies
Education: B.S. Communications, West Liberty University; M.S. Journalism, West Virginia University
Home Town: Wheeling, WV
Favorite thing about WJU: My favorite thing about WJU is the sense of community. Whether you are in a classroom, office, or the chapel, you have a true sense of belonging.
Favorite thing about your job: My favorite thing about my job is graduation day. I love watching students fulfill their dreams and reach their goals!
Advice for Adult Students: Just do it! The hardest part is getting started. Once you establish a routine of going back to school, you'll be amazed at how organized you can be.
When I'm Not Working I'm Most likely: Spending time with my husband planning our next trip to Walt Disney World. We have traveled to WDW over 60 times and love every minute.
Associate Director of Enrollment - Business and Leadership Programs
Education: B.A. in Organizational Leadership & Development, Wheeling Jesuit University
Home Town: Morristown, OH
Favorite thing about WJU: I feel part of a community here at WJU. Working at a faith-based institution allows you to share your faith with others on campus during good times and during struggles. In today's society, I consider this an honor and privilege.
Favorite thing about your job: Professional & Graduate Studies employees have a passion and commitment for working with non-traditional students. This gives us a purpose for coming to work each day. There is great excitement for us as we share Educational accomplishments with our adult students.
Advice for Adult Students: Identify who you can count on for moral support. Surround yourself with positive people who believe in you and your goals. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
When I'm Not Working I'm Most likely: I love to cook and my husband loves to eat, so we are a great team. In addition, cooking allows me to get pleasure from entertaining family, friends, and neighbors. I also enjoy perennial gardening in the spring and summer.
Associate Director of Enrollment - School of Education
Education: BS Industrial Engineering, West Virginia University
Home Town: Glen Dale, WV
Favorite thing about WJU: the people I get to work with on a regular basis
Favorite thing about your job: having the ability to help others reach their goals
Advice for Adult Students: keep your "end goal" in sight, but proceed "one step at a time"
When I'm Not Working I'm Most likely: Spending time with family and friends and following my favorite sports teams: WVU Mountaineers, Pirates, Steelers, Penguins.
Education: BLA, Wheeling Jesuit University
Home Town: Chatham, NJ
Favorite thing about WJU: People I work with
Favorite thing about your job: Meeting and working with a diverse group of adult students and potential students
Advice for Adult Students: It's never too late to follow your dreams!
When I'm Not Working I'm Most likely: Spending time with family and friends.
Associate Director of Enrollment - School of Health Sciences
Education: B.S., Organizational Management, Ohio Valley University
Home Town: Marietta, Ohio
Favorite thing about WJU: The people
Favorite thing about your job: I enjoy being on the Professional and Graduate Studies team. We work well together, have fun, and we're all dedicated to serving our adult students.
Advice for Adult Students: If you're thinking about furthering your Education, you can do it! Our programs are convenient and flexible.
When I'm Not Working I'm Most likely: Golfing, hiking, biking, and traveling.
Coordinator of Student Services
Education: BS Nuclear Medicine Technology - Wheeling Jesuit College
Home Town: Wheeling, WV
Favorite thing about WJU: It is a beautiful place filled with caring and compassionate people who are dedicated to the students.
Favorite thing about your job: I love witnessing the sense of accomplishment on the faces of our adult students when they finally earn the degrees that they have worked so long to achieve. It is amazing knowing that I have been an instrumental part in guiding them to this point!
Advice for Adult Students: Making that initial call can be the most difficult part about returning to school as an adult, but don't be afraid to give our office a call - we are here to service you and we'll be here to guide you from inquiry to graduation!
When I'm Not Working I'm Most likely: Having fun with my beautiful daughter and wonderful husband!
Student Support Specialist
Education: B.A. Sociology and Child & Family Studies, Muskingum University 2010, M.A. Educational Leadership Wheeling Jesuit University
Home Town: Wheeling, WV
Favorite thing about WJU: The feeling of family. Being such a small school we are able to develop positive and personal relationships with our students and co-workers.
Favorite thing about your job: Being able to work closely with our students and help them whenever they need it!
Advice for Adult Students: It is never too late to go back to school to advance yourself, your family and your career!
When I'm Not Working I'm Most likely: Spending time with my family and friends.
Director - Organizational Leadership Programs
Education: B.A. Human Resource Management, Wheeling Jesuit College
Home Town: Bridgeport, Ohio
Favorite thing about WJU: The research component of the curriculum is most effective in developing critical thinking skills, which will benefit any job or profession. All BOLD and MSOL graduates can verify!
Favorite thing about your job: Assisting and mentoring adult students who are also busy with jobs and family. Their dedication and hard work are a privilege to witness and assist.
Advice for Adult Students: If you are considering returning to college, your life and employment experience will be a tremendous asset and enrichment in the application of all of your learning.
When I'm Not Working I'm Most likely: Enjoying family, walking and trying to find the secret to golf!