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Building hospitality leaders: $7M gift from Hardy family, Nemacolin Resort supports WVU students through renewable source

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University is on the front lines of building leaders in the hospitality industry, thanks to a student-focused gift from a neighboring luxury resort and the family who has shepherded it to success.

The generative $7 million investment from the Hardy family and Nemacolin resort – announced Friday (Nov. 24) as part of Light Up Nemacolin – will open doors for future generations of Mountaineers majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management in the John Chambers College of Business and Economics.

A Light in the Tunnel

“It’s a running joke in my family that if you want something to happen, let Naimat take care of it.” 

Talk to Naimat Khani for an hour or two and you’ll quickly learn how true that is. A sophomore at the Chambers College, Khani is majoring in management with an emphasis in human resources.