June 15, 2015 by Kathy Jesperson, NRCCE
Morgantown, W.Va. – Andrew Stacy has joined the West Virginia Water Research Institute as its new public relations coordinator.
Andrew is a 2010 graduate of West Virginia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations.
In his new role as public relations coordinator, Andrew will coordinate and implement the outreach activities of the West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI). He will be responsible for developing communication strategies that enhance WVWRI’s image as well as promote its mission.
Andrew will play a key role in the development and distribution of email news announcements, program brochures, newsletters, fact sheets and website content for WVWRI. He also will assist with all aspects of event planning and implementation from inception to conclusion. Andrew is eager to dive into his new role and looks forward to what a day on the job will bring.
“I most look forward to meeting new people, facing new challenges and spreading the word about the great projects the WVWRI is working on,” said Andrew.
Prior to joining the WVWRI, he worked for the West Virginia Conservation Agency, a non-regulatory state agency. There, Andrew worked along with his colleagues to help landowners implement conservation best management practices on their land.
“We provided cost-share programs as an incentive to help landowners (primarily farmers) implement conservation best management practices on their land,” said Andrew. “We also did stream restoration using natural stream design methodologies. During a declared state of emergency, we would be among the first responders to clear out any blockages of streams caused by flooding.”
“Working for the WVWRI is similar in that it is in the environmental field,” he continued. “Because of this, there hasn’t been as much of a learning curve. I was able to come in and hit the ground.”
In addition to his work in the environmental field, Andrew also has experience with legislative issues. His work as an intern for the WV Legislative Office of Reference and Information provided him with a thorough understanding of the relationship between federal, state and local agencies. That understanding will be a huge benefit for him in this role with WVU.
While he comes with extensive experience in public relations and environmental issues, WVWRI and WVU are also proud to welcome this veteran to their ranks. Andrew served his country in the U.S. Navy as a second class Petty Officer stationed aboard the USS Chosin (CG-65) out of Pearl Harbor, HI, from 1999-2004.
“Since my time in the Navy, I have always known that whatever I did I wanted to help people,” said Andrew. “I wasn’t always sure how I would help them. That’s why I have stayed in the environmental field. It’s a hot button topic right now and will always be an issue we have to deal with—and it is something that affects everyone.”
In his role with WVWRI, he will be able to fulfill his dream of helping people and providing environmental assistance.
“We are very fortunate to have Andrew as an addition to our staff,” said Tamara Vandivort, WVWRI associate director. “His experience and education are a great fit to the WVWRI dynamic. With Andrew on board, we look forward to the opportunity to interact and engage more with water resource stakeholders not only in West Virginia, but nationwide.”
Besides having a job that brings him pride, Andrew also is happy to be back home. “I am thrilled to be back in Morgantown and working for the WVWRI,” he said. “I missed the community and people of this area.”
CONTACT: Andrew Stacy; WV Water Research Institute
About the West Virginia Water Research Institute
WVWRI is a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University. Founded in 1967, WVWRI is funded through federal, state and private sources. It serves as a statewide vehicle for performing research related to water issues. WVWRI is the premier water research center in West Virginia and, within selected fields, an international leader. Information about WVWRI may be found at www.wvwri.org.