The WVU at Parkersburg Foundation is pleased to accept one of West Virginia’s most historic sites. Oakland, the mansion built by James McNeil Stephenson in 1832, was gifted to the Foundation by Stephenson’s great, great grandson John Lutz and his wife Pamela Lutz. The gift includes the home’s furniture, much of which is from the 1800s.
“We are thrilled that the Lutz family thought of WVUP when considering how to preserve this treasure and provide benefit to the community,” said Randy Law, president of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Mr. Stephenson and his descendants helped build Parkersburg into a center of transportation and commerce in the late 1800s and 1900s. It is fitting that it now be a part of the region’s premier college.”
The Foundation has retained the Thrasher Group of Bridgeport to begin developing plans for use of the facility with an eye toward enhancing the college’s academic programs and using it as an Alumni Center and a focal point for college functions.
“Our vision for WVUP is that it be recognized for academic excellence and its relationship with the community,” said Dr. Fletcher Lamkin, WVU Parkersburg president. “Oakland, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, provides us with great opportunity for enhancing our business, history and other academic programs while giving students and alumni a wonderful place to meet and experience a truly one-of-a-kind place.”
The WVU at Parkersburg Foundation was founded in 1973 for the purpose of supporting the mission of WVU Parkersburg. It manages more than 160 funds that provide scholarships to deserving students, builds academic programs and go toward overall improvements at the college.
The Foundation will be seeking grants, gifts and other resources to benefit the development of the Oakland mansion and grounds as a major component of a busy and thriving college while preserving the history of West Virginia and the Mid-Ohio Valley.
For more information contact Senta Goudy, executive director of the WVUP Foundation and WVUP Vice President of Institutional Advancement, 304-481-9819.