As the Assistant Vice President for Outdoor Youth Advocacy and Initiatives, Greg Corio oversees initiatives such as Science Behind the Sport, Science Adventure School and acts as the liaison between the Youth Cycling Coalition and other associated partnerships. Corio’s 18 years at West Virginia University has focused on outdoor recreation and education starting as the founder of Adventure WV, and evolving into the vision for what the Collaborative is today. His focus lies on improving the state of West Virginia by making a difference in students lives through the power of the great outdoors.
Corio is the liaison between WVU and the Summit Bechtel Reserve, one of the largest outdoor camps in the world that is located in Southern West Virginia. Through this collaborative work, he initiated two new undergraduate degree programs at WVU in Non-profit Organizational Leadership and Adventure Recreation Management. He also oversaw the development of the Science Adventure School, an outdoor orientation program for middle school students in West Virginia that is held annually at the Summit Bechtel Reserve.
Prior to joining the Provost’s Office, Corio worked in Student Life at WVU since 2004 when he founded Adventure WV, an outdoor orientation program for incoming freshmen. Under his leadership, the program grew to become the nation’s largest outdoor orientation program. During this time, Corio also oversaw the development of the WVU Outdoor Education Center. He then served as the Assistant Dean for Campus Recreation and Outdoor Education from 2014 to 2019.
As a student in the Adventure Sports Management program at Garrett College in Maryland, Corio invented an artificial ice-climbing wall. He sold the product to the international climbing wall manufacturer, Entre Prises. Corio completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources at WVU. In his “downtime,” he enjoys backpacking, mountain biking, rock and ice climbing and paddling with his family.