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The Office of Retention and Student Success (ORSS) is committed to the success of all West Virginia State University students.  ORSS is responsible for the coordination of academic, financial, health, and social services to assist our students in overcoming unforeseen obstacles, getting back on track, and continuing on their path to degree attainment.  Our fundamental belief is that all West Virginia State University Students can be successful with the proper support, encouragement, and motivation.  It is this belief that drives us to create a campus environment that welcomes, nurtures, and encourages all students at every step of their educational journey.


Our Team

Kira Case, M.A.
Retention Specialist
(304) 766-3278
Preston Richardson, M.A.
Retention Specialist
(304) 766-3159
Alana  Dorsey, M.A.
Academic Support Specialist
(304) 766-3041
Shannon McGhee, Ph.D.
Director of Retention & Student Success
(304) 766-5115


Tutoring Services
Smarthinking online tutoring
Supplemental Instruction
Success Coaching

Office of Retention and Student Success

Wallace Hall
(304) 766-3022


Visit one of our friendly staff members today:


  • Mrs. Dorsey - Room 112
  • Ms. Case - Room 113
  • Mr. Richardson - Room 114
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