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Longtime B&E Staff Member Recognized, Honored

Jo Morrow receives Mountaineer Week’s Most Loyal Staff Mountaineer Award

Jo Morrow

Every year, WVU pays tribute to West Virginia’s heritage and traditions by celebrating Mountaineer Week. As part of this tradition, the WVU community recognizes ‘Most Loyals,’ individuals who have been both loyal to WVU and to the state by giving generously of their time and resources. Honorees are selected by a joint committee representing the WVU Foundation, the WVU Alumni Association and the Mountaineer Week organizing committee.

Four Awards are given – Most Loyal West Virginian, Most Loyal Alumni Mountaineer, Most Loyal Faculty Mountaineer and Most Loyal Staff Mountaineer.

This year, the Most Loyal Staff Mountaineer was one of B&E’s own, Program Assistant of the Division of Business Administration and Executive Assistant of the new Robbins Center, Jo Morrow. She was presented the award alongside her fellow Most Loyals during halftime of the WVU-TCU football game on November 1. The award is given to a WVU staff member who exemplifies faithfulness to the persons, ideals and goals of WVU and supports its activities, initiatives and operations through leadership and service beyond the normal expectations of their employment.

 “The president of the (WVU) Foundation called me one evening to notify me of my selection,” Morrow recalled. “I was totally surprised.”

As an honoree, Morrow was invited to game day activities at President Gee’s house, and sat in the President’s Box for the football game – which was a blessing, she said, as it was a cold, cold day! She said she also received many congratulatory phone calls and letters from current and former colleagues.

Morrow has given more than 45 years of service to WVU, starting as a mail clerk in Stewart Hall when she was only 19. She came to the College of B&E in 1971, and she has worked in the Department of Economics, the Office of Development and the (then-combined) Marketing and Management Department. When the departments split, she stuck with Management and she’s been there ever since.

Morrow has had lots of experience working with staff throughout her time at WVU. She served for more than 20 years as a member of the WVU Classified Staff Council, including two terms as chair. She served on numerous B&E and University-wide committees, including presidential searches and dean searches. She also completed a term on WVU’s Board of Governors as a classified staff representative.

As a Morgantown native, WVU has always been a part of Morrow’s life.

“Ever since I was a little girl, we always went to the football games. We were always a part of the happenings. It was so much fun. We have a lot of memories here at WVU,” she said. 

Indeed, WVU is a huge part of the Morrow family. Both Jo and her husband Wes hold two degrees from WVU. Jo earned hers as a nontraditional student, putting in long hours of studying and class after full days of work. 

Their oldest daughter earned degrees in marketing and public administration, and was selected as WVU’s homecoming queen in 2003. Their son is also a graduate, and was very involved during his time on campus. Their youngest daughter is a sophomore biology major who currently serves as one of four drum majors in the WVU Marching Band. 

Morrow’s game plan has been to hold off on retirement until her youngest graduates.

“If my health holds up, it will be 50 years that I’ve been working here at WVU.”