Taking the tour


Smith visits MOVC

By Brittany Hively - [email protected]



Brad Smith, president Marshall University, and Deanna Pope, nursing instructor at Mid-Ohio Valley Center.

Brad Smith, president Marshall University, and Deanna Pope, nursing instructor at Mid-Ohio Valley Center.


Brittany Hively | OVP

Brad Smith toured Marshall University’s Mid-Ohio Valley campus Thursday evening.


Brittany Hively | OVP

Professors Deanna Pope and Debra Greene show President Brad Smith around the nursing labs at the Mid-Ohio Valley Center.


Brittany Hively | OVP

During his tour of the Mid-Ohio Valley Center, President Brad Smith observed the learning equipment for the nursing program firsthand, with the guidance of Professors Deanna Pope and Debra Greene.


Brittany Hively | OVP

Brad Smith toured Marshall University’s Mid-Ohio Valley campus, met with faculty and staff and members of the community.


Brittany Hively | OVP

President Brad Smith met with community members, leaders and educators at the Mid-Ohio Valley campus in Point Pleasant.


Brittany Hively | OVP

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — As Brad Smith moves through his second month as the new president of Marshall University, he continues to make his way around the Marshall community, including a visit to the Mid-Ohio Valley Center (MOVC) campus in Point Pleasant, W.Va. on Thursday evening.

While Marshall has around a dozen approved locations where students are able to earn at least 50% of a specific degree or certificate, MOVC is only one of two branch campuses operated by the university, according to the university’s website.

Smith is Marshall’s 38th president, taking over after Jerome Gilbert resigned.

MOVC Interim Director Sheila Fields took Smith on a tour of the facility — showcasing the classrooms, teaching staff, nursing labs, study center and other offerings at the Point Pleasant location.

During the tour, Smith spoke with nursing instructors Deanna Pope and Debra Greene about the hands-on work done in the classroom at MOVC, as well as the nursing shortage and changes in the medical field across the nation.

Smith was eager to learn more about the programs and what the facility had to offer.

“You have answers for me,” Smith said. “I can’t wait, take me on a tour, show me how we’re going to solve this problem [nursing shortage].”

Smith was presented with a welcome from representative Michael Browning with Senator Joe Manchin’s office, spoke with former director Homer Preece — who recently retired from MOVC — county representatives, teachers and school administration, as well as others from the community who attended the reception.

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Brad Smith, president Marshall University, and Deanna Pope, nursing instructor at Mid-Ohio Valley Center.
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Brad Smith toured Marshall University’s Mid-Ohio Valley campus Thursday evening.
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Professors Deanna Pope and Debra Greene show President Brad Smith around the nursing labs at the Mid-Ohio Valley Center.
https://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2022/02/web1_IMG_5055.jpgProfessors Deanna Pope and Debra Greene show President Brad Smith around the nursing labs at the Mid-Ohio Valley Center. Brittany Hively | OVP

During his tour of the Mid-Ohio Valley Center, President Brad Smith observed the learning equipment for the nursing program firsthand, with the guidance of Professors Deanna Pope and Debra Greene.
https://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2022/02/web1_IMG_5062.jpgDuring his tour of the Mid-Ohio Valley Center, President Brad Smith observed the learning equipment for the nursing program firsthand, with the guidance of Professors Deanna Pope and Debra Greene. Brittany Hively | OVP

Brad Smith toured Marshall University’s Mid-Ohio Valley campus, met with faculty and staff and members of the community.
https://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2022/02/web1_IMG_5070.jpgBrad Smith toured Marshall University’s Mid-Ohio Valley campus, met with faculty and staff and members of the community. Brittany Hively | OVP

President Brad Smith met with community members, leaders and educators at the Mid-Ohio Valley campus in Point Pleasant.
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Smith visits MOVC

By Brittany Hively

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Brittany Hively is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Follow her on Twitter @britthively; reach her at (740) 446-2342 ext 2555.

Brittany Hively is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Follow her on Twitter @britthively; reach her at (740) 446-2342 ext 2555.