A newly created endowment in support of the West Virginia University College
of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences will focus on community-engaged research
to advance the health, wellness and physical activity of West Virginia’s adult
The inaugural Dr. Pat Fehl Endowed Professor was awarded to Sam Zizzi, professor,
CPASS Sport and Exercise Psychology program, to support research and health promotion
initiatives aimed at improving the health of West Virginians.
“As a native West Virginian, one of my goals as a faculty member has been to
help improve the health of West Virginians, especially those who have low access
to resources or are in positions of low socioeconomic status,” Zizzi said.
“I am committed to CPASS moving forward as the leader in the promotion of sport,
physical activity, and healthy living in the state.”
Zizzi has worked with Ware Distinguished Professor Eloise Elliott and other CPASS
faculty members to strengthen research and improve the health of West Virginians.
“This is just another step in moving CPASS forward in becoming a national
leader in the promotion of physical activity,” Zizzi explained. “The opportunity
to serve as the Dr. Pat Fehl Endowed Professor will provide me with more
time and strategic contacts to continue to pursue these goals. It is an
honor to serve in this capacity as the first faculty member to hold this
“Dr. Sam Zizzi is a nationally recognized sport and exercise psychologist.
His service and outreach and scholarly publications are making a difference
in the lives of West Virginians. His work with the PEIA Weight Management
Program is most noteworthy,” said Dana D. Brooks, CPASS dean and professor
of Physical Education.
“Dr. Zizzi and his team are dedicated to improving the health and wellness
of all West Virginians. The results of Dr. Zizzi’s work as the Dr. Pat
Fehl Endowed Professor is to publish and present research findings to
address health and wellness issues and physical activity, especially
in the adult population in the State,” added Brooks.
Fehl, former CPASS department chair, established the largest gift ever
received in support of the College. The donation of approximately $3.4
million from the estate of Dr. Patricia K. Fehl provided scholarships
for CPASS undergraduate students and funding for the College’s new
building which opened in fall 2014. Fehl is recognized for developing
the College’s community-based children and adult programs known the
The WVU Foundation, in partnership with the University, is currently
conducting A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University.
The goal of the largest fundraising effort in the history of the University
is to raise $1 billion by December 2017. For more information on the
campaign, visit www.astateofminds.com.