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Welcome from the Dean

Pedro Mago 

Welcome to the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources!

Welcome back to the Statler College and this new and exciting academic year! To our new students welcome to the Mountaineer family. I am thrilled to have you back on campus this semester. Following a year of empty halls, missed celebrations and traditions, there is a renewed spirit in the air as we welcome our fellow Mountaineers back home to Morgantown for the fall semester. As this is my first semester having a fully on-campus experience as Dean, I am so excited to see all of you on campus.

The faculty and staff at the Statler College are excited for classes to begin. To our new and returning students, I wish you a year full of exploration, self-discovery, and growth. During this upcoming semester, I urge you to take full advantage of all the wonderful opportunities available to you at West Virginia University and the state at large. The Statler College is a great place to be, and the future is nothing but bright!

As you begin to make memories and celebrate the beginning of the semester with your friends, I ask you to please be mindful that COVID-19 is still circulating in West Virginia, and it is on us as individuals to protect our community.

The safety of our students, faculty, staff and guests will always remain a top priority. Our safe return to campus relies on everyone taking responsibility through simple, everyday steps to keep our community safe. Beginning today, and continuing for the next 30 days, the University will now require masks for all those in classrooms, teaching and research labs, regardless of vaccination status.

If you have any questions regarding new rules and regulations on campus, visit the Return to Campus website for a full breakdown by topic of what you need to know for the fall semester. Also, please continue to check your inboxes for Mountaineer and Statler E-News to get the most updated information from the University.

Whether you are an incoming freshman, a new transfer student, or a returning student, always remember that your fellow Mountaineers, and the faculty and staff at the Statler College are always here to support, help and guide you when you need someone to lean on. Please do not hesitate to ask questions to your professors and advisors if you need help. We are here to make sure you feel welcome as you begin this new academic year and have a great and successful semester!

Again, welcome to the fall semester. I wish you all the best as this new semester begins, and I look forward to meeting all of you and seeing all you will accomplish.

Stay safe and Let’s Go!

Pedro J. Mago 
Glen H. Hiner Dean
Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Vicky Rousseau
Office Administrator


Deans of the College of Engineering, West Virginia University

  • 1895-1899: William S. Aldrich (He was not an officially appointed dean, but he served in that capacity. He left the position in 1897 due to the Spanish-American War and returned in 1898.)
  • 1900-1910: No official dean
  • 1911-1932: Clement R. Jones
  • 1932-1944: Roland P. Davis
  • 1944: Willard W. Hodge
  • 1945-1955: Roland P. Davis
  • 1955-1975: Chester A. Arents
  • 1975-1979: Bill L. Atchley
  • 1980-1991: Curtis J. Tompkins
  • 1992-1995: Robert M. Desmond
  • 1995-2000: Allen C. Cogley
  • 2000-2019: Eugene V. Cilento
  • 2019-2020: Earl Scime, Interim

Directors/Deans of the School of Mines/College of Mineral and Energy Resources (COMER), West Virginia University

  • 1930-1939: Charles E. Lawall, director, School of Mines (School of Mines splits from the College of Engineering in 1930)
  • 1939-1948: Dennis Lee McElroy, director, School of Mines
  • 1948-1961: G. Ralph Spinder, director/dean, School of Mines
  • 1961-1970: Charles T. Holland, director/dean, School of Mines
  • 1970-1978: Jay H. Kelley, dean (In 1975, School of Mines changes its name to COMER)
  • 1978-1981: Joseph W. Leonard, dean of COMER
  • 1981-1984: George Fumich, dean of COMER
  • 1984-1991: John Schroder, dean of COMER
  • 1991-1995: Larry Grayson, dean of COMER