May 16, 2016
“You are what your community is. I’m a firm believer of that.”
Ellis Roper earned a Management degree from the WVU College of Business and Economics and has gone on to pursue a Master of Science in Industrial Relations (MSIR). He believes extensive community involvement exhibits what it means to be a Mountaineer.
“I am an avid believer of giving back to your community,” he said. “We hear about all the great communities, but especially the horrible communities. What are you doing to better your community?”
Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Charles Town, West Virginia, his background and skills led him to a graduate assistantship for the Health Sciences & Technology Academy (HSTA) program in WVU’s School of Medicine, a high school program aimed at increasing the number of West Virginia minorities who pursue degrees in health sciences and technology.
“I’m in charge of starting the HSTA Alumni Association and getting people excited and involved. I’ve learned a lot about talent acquisition and finding the right alumni that have the right interests and qualities to run an organization,” he said.
Roper is also a graduate brother of Alpha Phi Alpha, a member of WVU chapter of Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), the co-director for the Paul Robeson/Mahalia Jackson Gospel Choir and was named Mr. Mountaineer in 2014.
“I do believe that my community involvement is what really won me that award. Continuing to be involved and even though I don’t hold the title anymore, I still am a Mr. Mountaineer at heart,” he said. “That title will go with me for the rest of my life, and I’m honored for that.”