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Greg Corio

Assistant Vice President

Greg Corio Profile

Department: Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative


As the Assistant Vice President of the Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative, Greg Corio's focus lies on improving the state of West Virginia and making a difference in people’s lives through the power of the great outdoors. Greg leads the work that the Smith OEDC carries out pertaining to special initiatives that promote STEM education as well as outdoor economic and recreational development.

Greg started off as a student in the Adventure Sports Management program at Garrett College, moving on to complete his undergraduate and master’s degree in West Virginia University’s Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources program.  His passion for the outdoors paired with an entrepreneurial spirit has served him well. As a student at Garrett College, he developed an artificial climbing wall that he sold to Entre Prises, one of the world’s largest climbing wall manufacturers. Later in life, Greg founded and oversaw development of WVU’s Adventure WV program, the largest outdoor orientation program in the country, with the goal of providing incoming students an exciting outdoor recreation experience to set the tone for their time in West Virginia. Corio is also the liaison between WVU and the Summit Bechtel Reserve, one of the largest outdoor camps in the world, located in Southern West Virginia. Through his collaborative work, he initiated two new undergraduate degree programs at WVU in Non-profit Organizational Leadership and Adventure Recreation Management. During this time, Corio also oversaw the development of the WVU Outdoor Education Center, and served as the Assistant Dean for Campus Recreation and Outdoor Education from 2014 to 2019.

His favorite outdoors activities include backpacking, ice climbing, mountain biking, rock climbing and paddling with his family.

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