MORGANTOWN – Service to the state and commitment to a land grant mission of West Virginia University defines Dean's career and WVU Extension Services Service Steven Bonanno.
Bonanno retired on 15 May after more than 37 years service.
Bonanno began working with WVU as an extension agent in County Pleasants in 1982. In 2005, he was nominated as unit director of WVU's former Economic Community and Economic Development Unit, and in 2015, he was nominated as director and director of WVU Expansion Service.
WVU President Gordon Gee praised Bonanno, saying, “Under Steve, the WVU Modern Service has transformed into a modern agency that addresses the development of young people in every location, and promotes its strong traditional roles that the Service has known since its inception. ”
Bonanno oversaw recorded fundraising initiatives for the WVU Expansion Service, including $ 14.8 million collected during the WVU Foundation of Mind capital campaign.
“I was honored to have the opportunity to attend WVU, the WVU Extension Service and the West Virginia family,” Bonanno said. “I am proud of my achievements in my role as donor, including programs and resources that have enabled us to transform communities and improve the life of the West Virgin.” T
Bonanno was instrumental in the development and implementation of improvements to facilities at WVU Jackson Mill, including the recent construction of the Annette S. Boggs Education Center, the first STEM facility and state-dedicated space makers. Further improvements include renovation of cottages, construction of yurts and improved outdoor education opportunities for visitors.
In addition, Bonanno worked to improve college opportunities and emphasis for 4-H youth; developing and implementing a strategic plan for the WVU Expansion Service; key partnerships with academic units, including faculty joint appointments, as well as partnerships with state, local and community leaders; and helped to expand youth programs, including STEM-based activities and outreach.
“I am very proud of the achievements of the faculty, staff, young people and volunteers in the WVU Extension Service,” Bonanno said. “It has been a privilege to serve in this role. I know that the great work carried out by WVU Extension will continue to help move West Virginia forward, while maintaining its commitment to the University's land donation mission. "
Sue Day-Perroots, who was a former coastline for WVU undergraduate education, took on the role of interim dean.