Country roads led to Parkersburg Tuesday for WVU President E. Gordon Gee.
He has been traveling West Virginia, visiting each of the state's 55 counties.
The tour ends next month.
Tuesday night he met with alumni at the Blennerhassett Hotel.
Gee also stopped by the WTAP studio and talked with us about the inmportance of the university to the state.
"Now universities have moved into being in many ways the central economic engine for a state. Interestingly enough, there's been a survey done showing the most important institutions in 50 states. You know, California had Google and Apple and Chicago had other things and West Virginia showed the most important institution in the state was WVU and that's a great calling, that's a great responsibility, and I feel very strongly that has been the change that universities have become so important to the quality of life in the state," says Gee.
Also Tuesday President Gee stopped in Pleasants County and toured the construction of the new St. Marys High School, as well as stops in Tyler and Doddridge Counties.
You can see the full interview with Gee coming up this Friday on WTAP at 5:00.