Clay's Purpose — October 2022

A monthly letter from Clay Marsh, Chancellor and Executive Dean, WVU Health Sciences

The leaves are changing, the air is getting cooler and Homecoming is right around the corner.

Alumni near and far will return to campus next weekend (Oct. 28-30) to celebrate their connections to West Virginia University. As an alumnus, I enjoy gathering with my Mountaineer family during Homecoming and look forward to the many opportunities to reminisce about my days as a medical student and hear about the accomplishments of our alumni.

To kick off the weekend, we invite all alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff to join us for the dedication of the William A. Neal Museum of the Health Sciences in the Health Sciences Center Pylons Commons on Friday (Oct. 28) at 2 p.m. with tours at 3 p.m. 

Following the dedication, there are a variety of events throughout the weekend for classmates to connect and reinvigorate our Mountaineer spirit.

The week of Homecoming will also bring another celebration to campus – the School of Public Health’s 10-year anniversary.

Our Public Health students, faculty, staff and alumni play a critical role in improving the quality of life for all people. Since its founding in 2012, the School of Public Health has been dedicated to the citizens of West Virginia and the University’s land grant mission through community engagement, innovation and research, and partnerships and projects across the state and region. 

From Oct. 25-28, the School will host a series of events to engage in important discussions while celebrating a decade of milestones. For additional details, visit

Let’s celebrate our home in Almost Heaven.

Clay Marsh, M.D.
Chancellor and Executive Dean
WVU Health Sciences

Photo: This photo was captured when I was a third-year medical student at WVU.