Over the next 40 years, the world will need to increase food production by 70 percent to feed its growing population. More people, of course, also means more housing and greater demand on natural resources, such as trees and clean water. All of this must be accomplished with no additional land or water, and lots more people. Innovative design must drive new ideas from science to application—from the way we live to the breakthroughs we seek.

Talk about a challenge: At the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, we’re meeting it.

Part of the state’s flagship, land-grant university, we are discovering, designing, and developing new products and processes to address these very real needs. We’re teaching the next generation of thinkers and doers. Our research ranges from very local to global in scope and promotes the sustainable use of natural, renewable, and human resources, and the advancement of design, for the improvement of the human and natural worlds.

It’s imperative that we continue this work—and succeed—if we want not only our state but also our world to prosper. We must educate the next generation of West Virginia University students, equipping them with the skills necessary to effect change. But we can’t do it alone. Answering these challenges requires bringing together many minds—the intellect and ideas of students, faculty, and staff and the passion and support of alumni and friends. It’s a chance for us all to make a difference—to create a lasting legacy of accomplishment and impact.

The Trajectory of Success

The Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design is the University’s oldest academic unit. In fact, WVU opened its doors in 1867 as the West Virginia Agricultural College.

From there, we’ve grown and flourished while maintaining our strong roots. We are now one of the largest of the University’s 13 colleges, offering 22 undergraduate majors, 17 master’s programs, and seven doctoral degrees in five units: animal and nutritional sciences, design and merchandising, forestry and natural resources, plant and soil sciences, and resource management. Our reach extends far beyond campus: Davis College students and faculty can be found in every county of the state and every corner of the globe.

The Davis College is at an exciting point in its history. With a new dean in place; a University strategic plan that emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and math, as well as their relation to the humanities and social sciences; and a strong research agenda that emphasizes sustainability in all areas, the Davis College has never been more important or better poised to make a difference. From design to nutrition and from forest science to landscape management, the College is central to WVU’s mission of advancing the well-being of the people and places of West Virginia and beyond.

To fulfill this ambitious mission, we must be good stewards of our own resources. The Davis College has 3,425 acres of farmland and 8,134 acres of forest, as well as a new greenhouse and a wide range of discipline-specific laboratories. All of these assets give undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to learn beyond the classroom and facilitate valuable service to the community.

Our faculty is involved in path-breaking research in everything from developing new crops to addressing world hunger, from sustainable design in homes, businesses, and communities, to novel recycling processes and biomass applications—and much more.

These innovations hold promise to improve lives here in West Virginia, across the nation, and around the world. To realize this promise, however, we need alumni, friends, and supporters, like you, to invest in the Davis College and its bold purpose.

Priorities for Tomorrow

At the Davis College, our vision is simple: we  will address societal and landscape needs while improving quality of life for people  in West Virginia and around the world. Through this campaign, we ask you, alumni and friends who believe in this vision, to invest in the following priorities.

  • Student Support
  • Faculty & Outreach Support
  • Research & Teaching Spaces
  • Opportunity Fund

To learn more about these funding priorities download the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design campaign brochure or contact Julie Cryser at 304-293-2400. To learn more about the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design visit