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MORGANTOWN, WV -

Elise Fullmer has joined West Virginia University's Eberly College of Arts and Sciences as director of the School of Social Work. She will begin her duties July 1.

Fullmer joins WVU from Radford University in Radford, Va., where she was director of the Waldron College of Health and Human Services. She has also served in academic leadership positions in social work programs at Spalding University in Louisville, Ky., Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and University of North Carolina-Charlotte and was a practicing social worker in Utah and New York. 

Her research focuses on disenfranchised groups, including people with developmental disabilities and issues related to aging in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities.

Fullmer succeeds Christpher Plein, interim director of the School of Social Work, who will return to his faculty role in the Department of Public Administration.

Fullmer earned her doctorate in social work from the State University of New York at Albany, a master's degree from the University of Utah and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Utah.