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
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.
Geoff Coyle, Social Media Editor
Geoff Coyle serves as Social Media Editor for West Virginia University. In this role, Geoff and the rest of the Social team work to promote the University's message and image for prospective students, current students and alumni through digital platforms.
Prior to joining the team at WVU, Geoff worked in sports television for West Virginia Illustrated, gaining experience as a host and reporter for various network broadcasts. He continues to dabble in the sports realm as a freelance camera operator and a contributor for Stadium.
A Maryland native, Geoff graduated from the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University. He and his wife, Emily, live in Morgantown with their dog, Ruby.
David Ryan, Social Media & Internet Strategist for WVU health sciences
David Ryan is the Social Media and Internet Strategist for West Virginia University's health sciences schools. In his current position, he creates and develops social media content for the individual schools and the program as a whole.
In his professional carer, David has worked with the Arts & Entertainment department at WVU, as well as the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, where he helped build and grow the social media accounts for both areas.
David has been working with social media since his undergraduate days at West Virginia University, where he graduated with a degree in news/editorial journalism. In his role as editor-in-chief at the college newspaper, The Daily Athenaeum, he helped create and shape its social media.
He also has a bachelor's degree in professional writing and editing and a master's degree in Integrated Marketing Communications.