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Welcome from the Shepherd University President

Dear Students:

The start of the academic year is an uplifting time here at Shepherd. The new academic year affords all of us a clean slate that we can fill with exciting courses, inspiring guest lectures, championship-level athletics, valuable volunteer projects, and fun-filled social, service, and recreational events.

First-year students–welcome to Shepherd! You will find Shepherd to be a hospitable and open campus where you will feel right at home.

Upperclassmen–we are glad you have returned to continue your studies at Shepherd! Please help our first-year students become acclimated to our campus as they begin their studies and life’s new adventure with us.

Shepherd prides itself on civility; please use fair play and courtesy in your treatment of others, on campus as well as in your personal life.

Dedicate yourself to your studies; aspire to make your family and friends proud of you and your accomplishments. You are the next generation of leaders and model citizens.

Become an active participant in the life of the campus through volunteer service, athletics (collegiate and intramural), and membership in Shepherd’s clubs and organizations. You will find that many of the skills you learn outside the classroom will aid you throughout your life and professional career.

I wish you a successful and productive academic year, and look forward to seeing you on campus!

Mary J.C. Hendrix ’74
President of Shepherd University

Welcome from the Provost!

Dear Students:

Welcome to Shepherd University! You have chosen to become a member of the Shepherd community, where faculty and staff support your academic and personal growth. We are committed to helping you make the most of your Shepherd experience and we act on that commitment by providing resources to help you every step of the way. These resources include a first-rate faculty of teacher-scholars, a support staff dedicated to promoting and protecting your academic success, health and safety, and student affairs staff and fellow students working to welcome you to the Shepherd community.

At Shepherd, Students Succeed! I challenge and encourage you, as a student, to get involved and fully engage in this wonderful Shepherd community. We pride ourselves on graduating students who are broadly educated and prepared to meet the challenges of today’s 21st-century global economy.

First, protect your self and others by following the policies outlines in the student handbook. In addition, the handbook has many outstanding resources that include student organizations, business and other organizations in the surrounding area, as well as links to crucial services like financial aid, the registrar, and student support services. Shepherd’s campus is literally woven into historic Shepherdstown, the oldest town in West Virginia.  As your neighbors, we also want to respect the historic architecture of the town, and also ensure that our Shepherd campus continues to be a beloved beacon and resource for the community in which we live.

In the coming years, your engagement will be a crucial component as we work collaboratively, making important decisions together for Shepherd’s future.  I am counting on your involvement and your support. I look forward to seeing you on campus, on German Street, or stop by Academic Affairs in Ikenberry Hall for a visit!

Have a great year!


Scott Beard, Provost


Academic Affairs:  304-876-5176

Welcome from the SGA President!

Dear Students,

Welcome! My name is Sneha Reddy and I am your Shepherd University SGA president for the 2017-2018 academic school year and I could not be more excited to welcome new and old faces back to our campus.

Shepherd University not only offers an outstanding faculty, staff, and community to help foster an impeccable education, it also offers opportunities to join clubs, organizations, and foundations that inspire students to pursue their passions.  Shepherd truly bridges the gap between academic insight and traditional college adventure.  One factor that sets our school apart from the rest is the relationship we have with our community and surrounding city. We bring meaning to the phrase “university town” by involving ourselves in town-hall meetings, community service activities, and supporting our non-franchised local business. Shepherd University is not only a place to prosper academically but also mentally.  We offer a campus drilled in acceptance paired with drive, dedication paired with vigor, and lastly success paired with humility.  Overall, Shepherd is a place you will truly find success, friendship, long-lasting bonds, and your inner voice.

In the beginning of the school year there will be an Organization Fair that highlights the variety of organizations we have here on campus.  I strongly recommend that you attend and learn about the different opportunities we have to offer here. If for some reason you are unable to attend, I encourage you to reach out to your Student Government Association and learn about how you can get involved.  The Student Government Association is your voice and your forum to not only aid you through your college experience, but also to help you voice your opinions.  We meet on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in the Storer Ballroom located on the third floor of the Students Center. We also have an office on the ground floor of the Students Center where you can visit at any time or leave a note in case we are not there.  I hope to see you at our meetings and more importantly, I hope you have a wonderful academic school year and really find what you are passionate about. Welcome to college!


Sneha Reddy
Student Government Association President

Welcome from the Vice President of Student Affairs!

Dear Shepherd University Student,

Welcome!  You and your success at Shepherd matter to my colleagues and me.  The information provided in this handbook will connect you to resources and guidelines intended to foster your success at Shepherd.  Please review and become familiar with the student handbook, and take a few minutes to read the message below.

I believe all students deserve to enjoy a positive experience at Shepherd.  We strive to create an environment where you…

I also believe students who follow the four recommendations listed below experience a higher likelihood of success.

  1. Attend class every day, ask questions in class, and ask your professor to explain anything you do not understand. Be sure to submit your work, even if you didn’t know all the answers. Submit it anyway.
  2. Seek help the first time you get a low grade, are not sure of a concept in class, or have any question related to your educational journey you can’t answer.
  3. Engage at Shepherd by joining a student organization, attending an event, or getting a job on campus.
  4. Socialize and meet other students. Be sure you are attending class regularly. We want you to connect with other students and actively engage in your learning experience at Shepherd.

Remember, you possess the ability to seize what has been made available for you.  Shepherd faculty and staff want you to thrive in this environment designed to meet your needs.  We believe if you consistently follow the recommendations above and take responsibility for your education you will succeed.

College can be full of excitement and challenges as you balance multiple demands while pursuing your degree.  However, the choices you make are entirely up to you.  Utilize the resources and suggestions described in this handbook to assist you on your college journey.  Call on my colleagues and me to assist you.  Best wishes for a successful year.


Thomas C. Segar, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs

Welcome From The Dean of Graduate studies!

Welcome to Shepherd University!  I send a warm welcome from the Division’s graduate faculty and staff.  Please use this Handbook as a valuable resource during your time as a Shepherd University graduate student.

We are committed to helping create a wonderful educational experience for all graduate students whether attending part-time or full-time.  The faculty work to create a graduate culture that commits to life-long learning and the appreciation of knowledge, embraces strong scholarship and creativity, and values service to the community.  We create environments where students are learning with and from peers as well as their instructors.  We value the diversity of our students and our student-centered approach embraces the lived experiences that each student brings to the classroom.

As graduate students, we recognize the many life responsibilities each of you have.  We encourage you to get involved with opportunities within your academic programs and the University in general as your schedules permit.  These experiences as well as ones in the local communities can enhance classroom learning.

Know that that Program Coordinators and I are here to ensure you have a rich experience as you work to complete your Master’s or Doctoral degree.

Dr. Richard A. Stevens, Jr.

Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education