Hi! We're the social media team at WVU. We manage, promote and post on the main social media accounts you know and love. In addition, we develop the goals and strategies on social media across our University. We maintain the social media directory and provide consultation to faculty, staff and students who run social media accounts at WVU, among other duties.
Tony Dobies, Social Media Director
As the Social Media Director at West Virginia University, Tony Dobies has positioned the University as a leader in higher education when it comes to new and social media platforms. He is a vocal advocate across the higher education community and has spoken at numerous national conferences on the importance of social and digital media in marketing and communications.
At WVU, Tony leads the social media conversation on campus. He leads a team that sets the University's social media-specific goals and strategies and helps to use social media effectively through various campus-wide campaigns and initiatives. In 2015, Tony was named a "30 under 30 Rising PR Star" by PR News. In 2016, Tony was also part of a team that won PRSA's "Best in West Virginia" award for the best overall PR campaign in the state in addition to significant recognition for WVU's innovative use of Snapchat and short, social video campaigns.
Prior to his social media work at WVU, Dobies spent time as a senior writer and social media strategist at WVU and was an award-winning sports writer for newspapers like The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and The Daily Athenaeum. He graduated from WVU in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in journalism.
Candace Nelson, Social Media Editor
Candace Nelson is the social media editor for University Relations/News at WVU. She manages the daily operations of University social media accounts, including Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, as well as the Social Media Ambassadors group. In addition, she writes stories, produces multimedia projects and collaborates on large marketing campaigns across the University. Nelson is an award-winning journalist and published researcher. She has her Master of Science in journalism, Bachelor of Science in journalism and Bachelor of Arts in English from West Virginia University.