Michael Garrison is the former president of West Virginia University, succeeded by C. Peter Magrath on August 1, 2008. A graduate of the WVU class of 1992 and earned a J.D. at WVU in 1996 after attending St. Anne’s College, Oxford University on a Rotary Scholarship. He lectured as an adjunct professor in West Virginia University’s department of Political Science in the years preceding his appointment as president. Garrison had been managing member of Spilman Thomas & Battle pllc in Morgantown. In 2003, Garrison was awarded a Toll Fellowship from the Council of State Governments following his tenure as Chief of Staff to West Virginia Governor Bob Wise from 2001-2003. He served as Cabinet Secretary in the West Virginia Department of Tax and Revenue until 2001. In 2007, Garrison was selected as West Virginia University’s twenty-second president.
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