Photo of Stephen AlwayThe Health Sciences community is invited to a reception honoring Stephen E. Alway, chair of the Division of Exercise Physiology and executive chairperson of the Department of Human Performance and Applied Exercise Science.

Dr. Alway’s outstanding leadership to students, faculty, and the community will be celebrated December 13 from 2–4 p.m. in Room 3155 Health Sciences Center North (Fleming Conference Room).

Within the School's professional programs, Dr. Alway also served as senior assistant dean for research and graduate studies. Dr. Alway is leaving the University to become dean of the College of Health Professions at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis.

Dr. Almay joined the University in 2000 in the Division of Exercise Physiology as an associate professor and the director of graduate studies. In 2005, he was promoted to professor and chair in the Division of Exercise Physiology, and in 2015, he became the executive chairperson of the Department of Human Performance and Applied Exercise Science, as well as assuming additional responsibilities for professional programs in research and graduate education.

Alway was instrumental in growing Exercise Physiology to have one of the largest student enrollments by major code at the University, with an outstanding record of placing alumni in graduate and professional education programs. Meeting West Virginia’s strategic goal of educating leaders to serve a global community, Dr. Alway’s department established agreements around the world to establish faculty and graduate student research exchanges, undergraduate learning abroad exchanges, and clinical outreach partnerships. He began the Ph.D. program in Exercise Physiology at WVU, and mentored graduate students who won national awards for their research and went on to outstanding postdoctoral training fellowships. 

He has authored more than 130 peer reviewed scientific publications, eight scientific book chapters, and 400 health and exercise related publications in journals for lay populations. His research in aging, muscle wasting, and rehabilitation has been heavily funded by several organizations including the National Institutes of Health.