Huntington, WV Black History

Maurice Cooley

Vice President Intercultural Affairs/Marshall University

Maurice Cooley came to Huntington in 1966 to attend Marshall University where he earned his BA in Sociology in 1970.  He served the military from 1970 – 1973.  He was employed in the U.S. Army hospital to do outpatient evaluations on active-duty personnel families.

Upon his release from the military, he came back to Marshall to earn a master’s degree in Counseling.  His professional experience is extensive.  He was employed at Goodwill Industries of the KYOVA area, here he served as counselor of the Sheltered Workshop Rehabilitation, at Prestera Center for Mental Health Services, Inc.  He served in the areas of outpatient clinician and director of marketing and corporate development, as progress director of psychiatric rehabilitation and community support services, and as clinical supervisor of psychiatric emergency and diagnostic services,

At Marshall University Maurice served as Director of Marshall University Chancellor’s Scholars Program, Founder/Director of the Society of Black Scholars, Associate Vice-President of the Office of Intercultural Affairs and Vice-President-Dean of Intercultural and Student Affairs, a position he held until his retirement in 2022

Maurice has received many honors and awards, and his service and affiliations are numerous.

He has been producing watercolor painting and they are quite impressive.

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