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Belknap named director of Adventure WV

Coy (C.J.) Belknap has recently been named director of Adventure WV. 

A native of West Virginia, Belknap is a two-time graduate of West Virginia University and has worked with the department for more than 10 years, most recently filling the role of associate director. Throughout his tenure, Belknap has overseen many aspects of the department, most notably the WVU Outdoor Education Center and its subsequent Challenge Course, Zip-Line Canopy Tour and Overnight Basecamp facilities. As the director, Belknap will oversee all departmental operations and programs. 

Best known for its award-winning First-Year Trips program, Adventure WV strives to foster personal growth, leadership development, social responsibility and student success through adventure-based and experiential education programming. In addition to its First Year Trips program, Adventure WV also operates the Outdoor Education Center, Outdoor Recreation Center and Climbing Wall. The department also sponsors various guided trip, custom group, extended break and international trip program options. 

“It’s been an absolute honor and privilege to serve this department and university for as long as I have, and I look forward to continuing my work as a director,” Belknap said. “Adventure WV has had a phenomenal record of leadership since its inception nearly 20 years ago. I have been very fortunate to work alongside some of the best higher education and outdoor professionals in our field. I look forward to continuing our strong tradition of serving the WVU student and campus community with meaningful programs and collaboration.”