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L. Christopher Plein, PhD

Instructor, Leadership Studies; Professor, Public Administration

  • Eberly Family Professor for Outstanding Public Service
  • B.A. Emory and Henry College
  • M.A. East Tennessee State University
  • Ph.D University of Missouri, Columbia

Dr. Plein’s area of specialty is public policy formation and implementation. His studies of public administration and policy in West Virginia have led him to co-author Welfare Reform in West Virginia (West Virginia University Press, 2004) and West Virginia Politics and Government (University of Nebraska Press, 2008). His past administrative positions include serving as an Associate Dean in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and serving as chair of the Department of Public Administration and interim director of the School of Social Work. He is a founding member of the West Virginia Community Design Team which has organized teams of volunteers that visit and assist rural communities in identifying community development needs and opportunities. In 2006, Dr. Plein’s outreach contributions were recognized by West Virginia University when he was named an Eberly Family Professor for Outstanding Public Service.